With its hard-hitting chorus, Girls by Manchester RNB singer Harriet Curry hits the spot musically and lyrically, capturing a sound and issue that deserve wider recognition. Check out the track below.
With lyrics that are clearly deeply personal and incredibly heartfelt, their message really hits home as she sings: “Girls like me, we don’t get opportunities, So, in our heads, instead of being young and free, Dictated by others who we’re gonna be, And in the end, thrown away like lost property.”
And don’t be fooled by the softly yielding opening and laid-back mood to the arrangement, it may seem like it carries a light left hook, but the emotional punch behind hits you just as hard as a world heavyweight champion would.
Curry had this to say about the song: “Girls is about personal struggles with fitting in and how that mentally affects you. Being a female of dual heritage comes with its own struggles. Growing up and not knowing where one fits in is not easy. Not being able to go to a high street hair salon like all the other girls, because no salon bothers to cater to all hair types – what does that say to young women of colour? Not knowing which box to tick on the heritage question on an application form, or a school exam, because it’s either black, white, or other.”
She says Girls isn’t just a call to females of dual heritage, it’s a call to all women. Whatever one’s heritage, the song is a voice for all women. Curry adds: “getting whistled at because of how you look during the daytime, being harassed on nights out is apparently just what comes as standard for being female. Too many people are telling young women that you can’t do certain things because ‘that’s not how a girl should act’, or, you can’t do this job, or you can’t wear this, is just the beginning of it. I just want to empower everyone and anyone that can relate to my experiences.”
Girls is out now, and along with her debut single Cuckoo is streaming on Spotify and Apple music – head on over to her Facebook or Twitter feeds to find out more. She’ll be playing with fellow Mancunian Dámì Sule at Jimmys on 30th June.