Mall Girl are a math pop band from Norway. Their new single “For Hannah” perfectly encapsulates the meaning of math pop for me. It has an off-kilter sway to its rhythm that skitter-scatters around alongside unusual guitar riffs for the chorus. Yet over the top are smooth and catchy vocals and a dreamy warmth that brings all the scatterbrained elements together. It works really well and showcases Mall Girl’s change in direction. Their previous singles were more ragged and on the nose and the band say this is because they’d write music for live performance rather than a studio set up. Since the quartet live across two different cities, they’ve had to learn to write and create apart due to COVID and this changed their style.
“For Hannah” is the latest single from Mall Girls’ forthcoming album “Superstar”. The album is due out on 29th April and is available to pre-order on Bandcamp. You can follow everything else about them there too. It’ll be interesting to see how an album that started out being developed pre-covid and continued being written during it turns out. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to seems to have really distinct cut-offs, so colour me curious!
Please note, I introduced the band last year but as this is a change of direction – I thought it was wise to show both sides!
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