Video of the Day: Piney Gir – The Great Pretend

We go back a long way with Kansas-born, London-based chanteuse Piney Gir.  We’ve covered her music through many incarnations since the early days of our website (the electro-pop of her debut album, garage rock girl group The Schla La Las, and the pigtails and petticoats of The Piney Gir Country Roadshow to name but a few) and she was even the first ever guest on The Joyzine Radio Show back in 2012.

What’s kept us interested over years has been both her incredible knack for re-invention and the thread of ever-charming pop goodness that’s run through each new manifestation.  New single ‘The Great Pretend’ is a case in point, a sumptuous slice of fantastical dream-pop which, she explains, was written about an eventful night at the Malibu home of cult author Neil Strauss.
“He had this ability to tap into my psyche in a way that I hadn’t encountered before.  I was telling these people stuff I’d never told anyone and I left confused and elated by this weird night.”

‘The Great Pretend’, backed by two more tracks: ‘Spirit Away’ (inspired by the works of legendary Japanese anime house Studio Ghibli) and a cover of John Holt’s ‘Happy Go Lucky Girl’, is out now.  Piney will play a headline show at The Sebright Arms in London on 15th October, and is currently appearing as part of ex-Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes’ live band.  She also features on our own retrospective charity compilation album Joyzine:15 (more about which can be found here).



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