Only Girl: “Mountain”

As much as I’m not that crazy about Grimes’ music, I’m glad she’s made liking Mariah Carey “cool.” Only Girl, the bandonym of London-based singer Ellen Murphy, describes herself as “Mariah Carey x Cocteau Twins.” Not easy shoes to fill, and maybe not the first two artists you’d think of putting together, but for Only Girl, it works flawlessly and effortlessly. “Mountain” is her first official track, with much more to come soon hopefully, and its overly-reverbed vocals and ’90s inspired beat are intoxicating. The songwriting and production are both great, but what really shines here is Murphy’s vocal performance, which is at once soft and commanding. The music video, directed by Thomas Orger, finds the singer in kaleidoscopic filters singing on a “mountain,” of course!

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