British country music’s very own outlaw, Emilia Quinn, has opted to showcase the talents of 22 other female-identifying artists in the ironically-titled single ‘Girl Talk’. The song pokes fun at the stereotypes and common issues womxn face, including casual sexism, being ghosted, and the expectation to fit a certain aesthetic. The song celebrates both the unity and diversity within the collective female identity and is set to be released on International Women’s Day.
“The concept of Girl Talk came about while discussing experiences in and out of the industry with some of my friends. I wrote the song to poke fun at common issues womxn face, not to detract from the gravity of those situations but to give womxn a track that figuratively flips the bird at the perpetrators.”
Showcasing the talents of her friends and peers – including fellow chart-topping artists Becky Lawrence and Georgia Nevada, and an all-female band of musicians to boot – Quinn has put together a fierce army who are joined by even more familiar faces in the accompanying music video. The video – also released on the 8th – was shot remotely, with each participant creating their own sense of satire with stereotypically ‘girly’ actions.
“The scale of the project grew and ‘Girl Talk’ became a way of fighting back to the gender imbalance in the music industry. Womxn are underrepresented a lot of the time so this is my way of showcasing some major female talent in the UK scene. Despite the serious underlying message, the track is a fun, upbeat tune for everyone to enjoy. The point of the project is to build a community and empower everyone, one chorus at a time.”
The song is an empowerment anthem with distorted guitars and Quinn’s signature smart lyrics. It’s exactly Quinn’s style – a blend of country, roots and rock with a little fire and a whole lot of sass. It opens with the sound of a rotary phone – matching the single’s imagery – and Emilia herself on a voicemail-style line. The drums are especially lovely – for a genre that typically doesn’t make a feature of the rhythm section, Linda Stix has done a fantastic job of keeping the drums interesting without letting them take over the song. The blend of voices packs a punch – it’s both powerful and empowering and encourages a singalong. This is an army you don’t want to pick a fight with. If her previous release was a tender interlude, this is most definitely Emilia Quinn’s showstopper.
All proceeds from streaming and downloads will be donated to award-winning charity Girls Rock London, which hosts music camps for girls, women, trans and non-binary people to make roles in the music industry more accessible within a safe space.