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Experimental pop artist Shygirl sways and swirls through “Firefly”, announces debut album

Shygirl has been exciting listeners in the London and wider UK listening circles for a few years with a string of hyped underground EPs, but as for going global there’s not much more you need to do to create an instant buzz than work alongside FKA Twigs. Earlier this year, relative newcomer she did just that for Caprisongs highlight “papi bones”. Since then anticipation for her proper debut album has all but built itself.

All that anticipation can be finally be abated. Today, Shygirl has announced her proper debut album, Nymph. Alas, it’s not out until September 30, but to kick things off she’s shared lead single “Firefly”.

True to her experimental pop roots, it’s a delightfully strange concoction, with a stuttering beat that seems to go back and forth all before all but coiling into loops behind her half-whispered vocals. Gradually even her singing is sucked into the void, becoming one with the beat itself. It’s an impressive, intoxicating showing.

Nymph is sure to be an event, crafted with a close ring of collaborators ranging from Mura Masa to Arca.

Check out “Firefly” below or on streaming platforms.

Shygirl’s debut album Nymph will be out on September 30 through Because Music (pre-order/save). You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram.