Premiere: Piney Gir – ‘The Great Pretend’

Inspired by Los Angeles parties and picklebacks...

Trans-Atlantic talent Piney Gir long ago decided to grab life by both hands.

Since then, she's never really looked back. Six super albums have followed, with the seventh currently under construction.

Set to play a number of solo shows with Gaz Coombes this summer, Piney has decided to break cover with new song 'The Great Pretend'.

Inspired by Los Angeles parties and picklebacks, it draws on a feeling of being out of place, coping with Little Girl Lost syndrome.

Prompted by a real-life party at author Neil Strauss' apartment, she explains: "I arrived on a balmy LA night with a full moon and the warm sea breeze lilting over the palm tree silhouettes, it was a real ‘how the other half live’ moment, this place was like paradise, full moon, palm trees. I introduced myself to the bodyguard at the door and took my place at the large table I was led to."

"There was an ex-prostitute-cum-presenter vomiting loudly in the toilet, there was an artist whose thing was painting large oil paintings of stills from porn films, then there was me and next to me was Matt the founder of Light In The Attic Records. I tried my first pickleback which is a dangerous kind of truth serum, and it got pretty weird; all the while I had this worry that I was some kind of an imposter, what am I doing in this treehouse in Malibu with this glitterati? I sometimes feel like I’ve got little girl lost syndrome, and Neil actually called me up on it and we had a very ‘sh*t got real’ kinda conversation, 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. This song is about that experience and how polarising it was in my strange brain. I knew I would never forget that night, although I didn’t know it would inspire a song, but here it is."

A strange, surreal, but nonetheless affecting return, 'The Great Pretend' features the kind of verbose, intoxicating lyricism we've come to adore from Piney Gir's work.

Tune in now.

Catch Piney Gir supporting Gaz Coombes at the following shows:

14 Carlisle The Brickyard
15 Lincoln The Engine Shed
16 Norwich Open
21 Leicester Dryden Street Social
22 Stoke-On-Trent The Sugarmill
23 Margate Dreamland

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