After spending the last few years honing her craft through working as a session musician with the likes of Charlie XCX, Cee Lo Green and Xenomania, it’s not a shock that AINSLIE’s debut single Grow is a sublime slice of instant pop goodness.
With its smooth sheen, and mix of melancholy and the mainstream; the light if not tropical percussion balances with a shimmering, leisurely guitar melody and a rolling yet subtle bassline that carries the listener along, enthralling as it creates a sense of superficial perfection and hinting at some darkness underneath.
The unhurried yet emotive and expressive vocals add a layer of subversiveness to Grow, on the surface there’s a bright and airy feel to them, but you can hear moments of heartache and pain bubble through, all giving the song an aura of wondering about, but not regret for things that did not come to pass.
AINSLIE says Grow observes idyllic suburbia, and the human need to climb up the ladder of society. “I found myself walking in this beautiful neighbourhood, being curious about the stories behind each person or family inside each house. Wondering if they are as happy as I imagined they were. What seemed like a perfect world, might be not what it cracked up to be, and I considered if it was what I would want for myself anyway. Society has taught us it’s something we should strive for, so part of me was longing to live that life behind one of the perfect front doors, but part of me also felt a disconnect; it was far from what I truly want in life.”
Photo by Karly Cronin