London upstart GIRLI has a new EP titled Feel OK in the pipeline, so of course we’re premiering the first cut ‘Not That Girl’.
The full three-track EP is due out April 21st via PMR and features Lethal Bizzle on the title track. ‘Not That Girl’ finds GIRLI keeping it real as ever, over a surprisingly laid-back beat from Black Butter signee and producer King Henry (Major Lazer, Beyoncé).
GIRLI’s unique delivery and one of a kind lyrical turns – including the opening line of ‘Not That Girl’, “Take off my clothes and it’s me underneath them / this is full time not just me on the weekend” – are a sweet and salty combo that always threaten to make you puke pink hairballs but only ever leave you hungry for more.
We’ll let GIRLI explain the song’s defiant message in her own words:
‘Not That Girl’ is a shout out to the smirks I get on the tube for wearing what I wear, the horror in strangers’ faces when they see my pink hair, the sneering guys outside the pub who think that I care. It is the quiet knowledge that as long as I continue to be who I am and not the girl that others would like me or expect me to be, that I will overall come out on top. It’s a mockery of mockery, a song of low-key empowerment in knowing that you’re the only one who understands why you do what you do.