“I’m so glad these songs at last get to be heard
– ragged and raw, done and undone, whatever,
they were loved and not at all Lost after all.“
Patrick Fitzgerald, 2014
Lost Girls is a collaboration between Patrick Fitzgerald and Heidi Berry. In 1997, Patrick had left Kitchens of Distinction (his band of 10 years) and Heidi had left 4AD for whom she had recorded three albums after appearing on This Mortal Coil’s 1991 album ‘Blood’.
Following a speculative phone call they got together and from 1998 to 1999 they wrote and recorded what would become their self titled long-player. The band initially started off as a duo but soon ended up as a 5 piece band which included Ashley Wood on guitar, Dave Morgan (The Loft, Primal Scream, Rockingbirds) on drums and Kim Smith on bass duties. They released only one single, ‘Needle’s Eye’, but recorded a wealth of material despite their short lifespan and as Record Collector said the album is “an embarrassment of previously unreleased riches”.
We proudly present the recordings on CD, LP and Download with the album as originally envisaged plus all the other material recorded along the way. From folk-tinged laments and power pop to ethereal yearning and manic paranoid rock via the usual Patrick obscenities (even Heidi swore a lot on the enigmatic ‘Folk Fuck’) with hints of the Buckleys, R.E.M. and even The Residents, this is a wildly varied, harmony-drenched work of dark joy.
Lost Girls is available on double CD, limited edition 180g vinyl LP (including an MP3 download code for all the tracks) and Download.
“(Lost Girls is) somewhere between the 4AD ‘Sound’ and that of Kitchens of Distinction. The Lost Girls could have been just that, lost. On the evidence of this collection of their work, that would have been criminal.”
8.7/10 – Backseat Mafia
“Over a wasted, civil war-style landscape comes a vocal that sounds like some daughter of Tim Buckley intoning a lament for the dead – I know nothing about Lost Girls; all I know is the world should know more about them.”
Needle’s Eye review, NME, 1999
“an embarrassment of previously unreleased riches”
4/5 – Record Collector
“a stunning collection of songs”
4/5 – Scottish Express