Song of the Day, October 15: In Love by Marine Girls

MarineGInLoveToday’s song is In Love by twee-pop pioneers Marine Girls. Inspired by the minimalist sound of the Raincoats and Young Marble Giants, guitarist Tracey Thorn formed a trio with schoolmate Gina Fox on vocals and her sister Jane on bass. Gina was eventually replaced by younger sister Alice, and Thorn took on some vocal duties. Intentionally amateurish, they recorded their first album with spare acoustic guitar-and-bass, virtually no percussion, and naive vocals. Their short, simple songs are perfect moments of DIY pop, with just a hint of the folk and jazz elements that Thorn would later pursue in Everything but the Girl.

A perfect example of the trio’s basic but moving sound is In Love, an ironic little song wishing an ex-lover well in his new romance. Clocking in under two minutes, the song makes its bitter point beautifully and walks away.

Enjoy this smart song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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