Blue-eyed soul is a real thing…
It’s that feeling you get when you know you’ve been somewhere before, but all you remember about that place is how good you felt when you were there. The familiarity is striking, yet soothing. You feel your body sort of grooving from side to side, as if you were dancing with that one person – you know the one – in the corner of a dimly-light party, feeling supremely comfortable, but at the same time, very aware of the heat between the two of you.
That was my first experience of Shy Girls.
The first song I heard on their SoundCloud was “Arrest Me” ft. Tei Shi. Perhaps that’s where the feeling of dancing with that guy at a party came from, because the blend of the two voices just meshed together like two bodies moving in perfect rhythm. The title of the song is fitting as I was immediately caught up in the smoothness of Shy Girls’s voice. Now as far as lyrics go, that’s where it gets steamy. With a Weeknd-esque ease, Shy Girls sings, “I’m gonna let you tie me up tonight…”, to which Tei Shi replies later in the song, “I’m gonna cuff you up and keep you bound/If you need me to I can hold you down/I’ll let you wear the chains, I’ll wear the crown/I wanna watch you fight/Arrest me.” It’s not clear whether the song is a metaphor or as kinky as I think it is (and lowkey hope it is), but because of the way the singers’ voices blend, I really am not focused on anything but how pretty the song is.
This is the theme with Shy Girls’s songs. I tend to lose the lyrics in the melodic tones, which is a mistake, as the lyrics are as lovely as his voice. Relatable and real, Shy Girls’s lyrics make sentences, a skill that writers nowadays often forgo to make sure the catchy beat is what is most noticeable. A perfect addition to your “Smooth Out” or “Love and Such” playlist, the beat isn’t the attraction so much as Shy Girls’s voice, and if you can get over the overpowering beauty of that, his lyrics.
I try to listen to albums (or at least more than one song) in their entirety before I make a decision on whether or not I like them. But I IMMEDIATELY knew that I loved Shy Girls.
If you’re looking for a smooth, clean sound, look no further.