For many fans, it’s been a long time coming for Blane Muise aka Shygirl to release a full-length studio album. With a few EPs, collaborations and recognition from Rihanna, it’s finally time for Shygirl to take the spotlight she deserves. Debut album Nymph features some of the most prolific and exciting producers and songwriters of the moment – Mura Masa, Sega Bodega and Arca, to name a few. The London-based polymath has always subverted the electronic dance world and asserted her own power and with this album, it’s no different.
From dreamy, hypnotic sounds in Firefly to harmonious synths in Woe, the album carefully displays themes of intimacy, sexual desire and self-love, all combined with noises of bassline, hip-hop, dance and garage. Nymph proves to be a delightfully intoxicating myriad of melody and emotion that reveals a more vulnerable side to Shygirl not often seen. It’s safe to say it has been worth the wait.
words JOHN EVANS