Post-punk newcomers Girl Scout met at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and started as a duo who bonded over the Beatles, Phoebe Bridgers, and Elliott Smith while studying jazz together and covering Burt Bacharach songs at cocktail parties. When they started writing their own original compositions, Girl Scout became the four-piece they are today: Emma Jansson, Evelina Arvidsson Eklind, Per Lindberg, and Viktor Spasov. Their debut single “Do You Remember Sally Moore?” is their first official release as a band, and it’s a stunner that pieces together components of contemporary bedroom pop with stems of vintage new wave.
“Sally was written as a homage to the absolute knockdown experience of going through high school. The original idea and overall story was created with visual inspiration from TV shows like Sex Education or Stranger Things, influenced by their portrayal of friendship, humor, and overwhelming emotions,” guitarist Viktor Spasov says about the track. “Part of the story was co-written with my own best friend from high school, Tobias Ekelund, and our shared experiences and friendship helped fuel the storytelling and emotional connection to the song. Both of us used to fall in love with older, cooler girls, and we’d spend our lunch breaks in the school canteen dreaming about building up the courage to talk to them. Of course in the end we never did, and they had absolutely no idea who we were…. So Sally might be a representation of that hopeless yet wonderful one-way street kind of love.”
Watch the video for “Do You Remember Sally Moore?” below.