Was it really 2011 when Salt Ashes first appeared on Breaking More Waves? It was. That’s a lot of new music in between now and then. And as Salt Ashes has been doing this pop music stuff for a while now I guess in 2018 nobody would hold it against her if she went for a ‘mature’ sound dropping all the electronics for a sleepy campfire acoustic record designed to fit on one of those Your Favourite Coffeehouse Spotify playlists.
Thankfully she hasn’t at all. Her new tune Girls sounds like it’s heading straight for ‘da club’ with big rubbery bass lines to get the lips, hips and tits moving. It even has the all-important shout of ‘Hey’ which is virtually mandatory on any self-respecting pop record these days. If you don’t believe me check out this piece Peter Robinson wrote in the Guardian last year about how the word has infiltrated music which you can find by clicking here.
Whilst Girls is a body shaker par excellence that doesn’t mean it’s just about popping the champagne and getting down on the dancefloor. There’s a bit more to it; the song deals with two people, one of whom has got the wrong idea about a friendship – they don’t understand that the other person just wants to keep things platonic: “You just don’t know when to quit, you think I’m playing hard to get, I guess you just don’t really know me.”
Yet whilst there’s clearly a problem between these two people there’s no problem with this tune. Girls is a banger.
Salt Ashes - Girls