Girlyboi, Gosh Pith, Sylvie Grace | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Mon., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. 2015

Being young and beautiful and painfully precious is tough for most, but former Chicagoans Carley Russ and Joseph Matick somehow make the best of it as lo-fi ambient pop duo Girlyboi. Now stationed in London, the couple have slowly been teasing their self-released first EP, Actual Woman—due out December 17—with a trio of tracks on their Bandcamp page. The best of the bunch, “Whole,” is carried by the soulful airiness of Russ’s delicate voice—even as Matick’s creaky, swaggering harmonies cut in, her vocals pirouette around solemn strings, ethereal keys, and faint, barely linear acoustic guitar. This is bedroom pop for a bedroom overlooking the Thames: it’s almost decadent in its scantiness. The recently dropped “Bedside” pairs a rustic rhythm with a cadence from Matick that sounds gloomy and pained even as he belts his voice out into the deeper pockets of the track. There’s a lot of room to move around within Girlyboi’s vulnerable sound, and I imagine Russ and Matick are happy to sprawl out and let their perfect long locks fall where they will.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $14, $12 in advance

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