English rapper, DJ, singer, and songwriter Blane Muise, better known by her stage name Shygirl has released a new song, “Firefly.”
“Firefly” is a track from Shygirl’s debut album titled “Nymph.” Released on September 30, collaborators on the project include long-term producer Sega Bodega, Cecile Believe, Kingdom, Arca, and BloodPop®.
Shygirl’s music incorporates elements of hip house, industrial hip-hop, grime and deconstructed club. She has also been associated with the hyperpop music scene.
Shygirl rose to prominence after working with close collaborator and friend Sega Bodega, as well as other well-known experimental pop producers Arca and Sophie, and gaining attention from the likes of Rihanna, who has used various Nuxxe tracks for her Fenty Beauty commercials and fashion shows.
Shygirl released her first single “Want More”, produced by Sega Bodega in 2016. This was the first song released on the Nuxxe label, founded by Shygirl, Sega Bodega, and Coucou Chloe.
Shygirl went on to work with Sega Bodega on her singles “Msry” and “Nvr” in 2017, having featured on his song “CC” earlier in the year. In 2018, Shygirl quit her day job at a modelling agency to pursue her music career.
In May 2018, Shygirl released her debut EP, Cruel Practice, on Nuxxe. The EP received positive reviews from Pitchfork, Crack Magazine, and Tiny Mix Tapes.
Shygirl featured on Arca’s song “Watch” on her 2020 album, Kick I. The pair had previously collaborated on the song “Unconditional”, with all of the proceeds from that single going towards Black Lives Matter and Inquest UK.
In November 2020, Shygirl released her second EP, Alias on the Because Music label. This EP received positive attention from Pitchfork, Vogue and NME. Alias was listed as one of the best EPs of 2020 by audio and music publication MusicNGear.
In June 2021, Shygirl released a performance film titled “Blu”. It featured performances of songs from her Alias EP, as well as a new song, titled “BDE” featuring British rapper slowthai. She released the song as a single the next day.
Shygirl would later release the BDE 3XL remix EP in September. Shygirl and British producer Mura Masa were additionally featured on a remix of Lady Gaga and Blackpink’s “Sour Candy” on Lady Gaga’s Dawn of Chromatica remix album.
Shygirl’s debut studio album Nymph will be released on 30 September 2022.
Shygirl has listed Mariah Carey, Aphex Twin, Madonna, Björk, and Róisín Murphy as her biggest musical influences.