GIG – Chloe Howl at The Unit – Friday 12th April

thCA7DKGJTThat diaeresis hovering over the “o” in 17-year-old Chlöe Howl’s first name isn’t some sort of attention-seeking affectation – that’s how it appears on her birth certificate after her parents got slightly confused and mistakenly added it instead of putting it over the “e”.

Diacritic errors aside though, there’s a lot to love about Howl’s sweary, sparky debut single, No Strings, which bounces along energetically over a synth riff similar to Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris’s Dance Wiv Me, but avoids falling into the generic dance-pop vacuum.

Taking a pinch of Lily Allen’s Alright, Still-era youthful exuberance and eye for lyrical detail and bolting it onto a song that tells the sorry tale of a relationship soured by one half’s desire to keep things relaxed (“No more crawling in your bed, fuck your no strings … I hope I have twins”), No Strings stands out from the current pop crowd by actually displaying buckets of personality.

From Review by Michael Cragg in The Guardian

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