Born in the experimental and free environment of a house in Brighton, Nymph took its shape with the input of Shygirl’s close friends and previous collaborators Karma Kid, Mura Masa, Sega Bodega and Cosha, and was pushed to its polishing point in Los Angeles with producers Noah Goldstein, Danny L Harle, BloodPop, Vegyn and Kingdom, who refined the ore of her work into a sparkling gem. Tackling introspection, self-love, the melancholy side of love, and her own image, Shygirl has composed an album of declared love letters, shifting from ethereal noise into more assertive dominant sounds, balancing perfectly between 90s pop and R&B.
The Firefly music video, released today, suspends her in the anticipation of love from a one-sided crush as she pines for them. Openly calling herself a fool, the video flickers between hyper detailed shots of water dripping from a flower, glass beads in her hair which seem to resemble these beads of water, her eyes welling up, the hairs on an arm standing to attention, and a mirror smashing – perhaps the illusion of a relationship coming to an end. Surrounded by small balls of light in an upbeat, hopeful chorus and a beat-driven verse as she searches for a sign that her love is returned, we wonder if she too is a firefly, or if she is just looking for that light in the darkness.