Single Review: Picnic's 'Girls' Night Out'
Every time I’ve spoken to people regarding Picnic, there’s always a conversation about what genre they fall into. I think anyone who says pop or funk has got it spot on, and their latest single 'Girls Night Out' is clearly an indicator of the positive direction the band seem to be going in.
The thing you’ll notice straight away about this new track is how funky this song is. The rhythm throughout is fast and frantic, the kind you could imagine dancing to at a gig, bopping your head, waving your arms and being absolutely shattered afterwards because the song is impossible to avoid dancing to.
'Girls Night Out' feels like Picnic are slowly changing their direction from being quite poppy, to really going for a strong funk sound. This I love, funk is such an underappreciated genre and the seven members make such a strong ensemble for this type of music.
As much as I absolutely love their previous EP 'Nothing To Write Home About', I feel that this single truly builds on what they have created in the past. This to me is a compliment to Picnic as a whole as clearly they’re a band who are constantly innovating and improving as the chemistry between them thickens.
Robyn Walker’s vocals are exceptionally powerful throughout this song, something I didn’t expect after how sweet and soft they are in songs like 'Bill You Murray Me' and 'Bath Bomb'.
All in all, 'Girls Night Out' is a fantastic demonstration of her vocal range, as well as an indicator of how strong the rest of the band is as a cohesive unit.
The saxophone is engaging throughout, really helping create a strong and funky vibe, even featuring a few nice little lead parts. The keyboard meanwhile also really stands out in mix, with the breakdown in the middle of the song sounding very ambient, almost akin to 'A-Punk' by Vampire Weekend, making the song feel so much more diverse musically.
I’m really impressed by 'Girls Night Out', I think it’s a fun and energetic song with a hook filled, funky rhythm matched with some impressively compelling vocals.
The track as a whole is a true indicator of how progressive Picnic have became within the North East music scene.
They are definitely a band worth checking out when you get the chance for their raw energy and creative genius.
Give this one a stream when you’re in the gym, on the train or at pre-drinks with your friends, it’s a sing that fits every mood!
Photography: Michael Baister