After recently being signed to Anti-Records, Girlpool have released Powerplant today, a progressed and more mature album to their debut, Before the World Was Big. What certainly makes Powerplant a great album for these two twenty-somethings is that they succeed in excreting that emotional blow. Textured, layered, crossing genres with sharp lyrics, muted harmonies, and grungy guitar riffs, they have the culmination of something part twee, part punk. Creating a record that will engage with Breeders or Bis fans, Californian duo, Harmony and Cleo, have put together a grungy list of lullabies that are worth the listen.
Girlpool, a folk punk band from Los Angeles, California consists of Cleo Tucker on guitar and vocals and Harmony Tividad, also on vocals and bass. The band did not used to have a drummer but that is all change with their new album and Miles Wintner involved. Their self-titled debut EP came out in November 2014, released on Wichita Recordings and the band released its debut album, Before the World Was Big, in June 2015, also on Wichita Recordings. The decision to add percussion came as a natural decision for Harmony and Cleo; “Cleo and I just were driving down the New Jersey turnpike when she mentioned that it might be exciting to expand our sound for the new songs,” says Harmony. “The songs we were writing had the potential of getting really climactic,” adds Cleo. “I think percussion adds a new part of the musical dynamic that we want to explore.”
Your Heart certainly highlights their love for Elliot Smith (“I’m louder than the thoughts I think”), Sleepless offsets their folk grunge that the likes of Thurston Moore would be impressed with, and Corner Store interjects twee, reticent, nursery-rhyme intonations with heavier, scuzzy moments. Short tracks with elements of sweet, Harmony and Cleo’s voices often fuse to deliver transcendent affectation. With often observational, outrospective lyrics, the pair are set for success with this short release. Soup, a Shoegaze track, is another that demonstrates the maturity of this new album, featuring hazy guitars and a sound that still reluctantly screams that this is a Girlpool album.
Powerplant is certainly worth a listen, even more so if you dig female folk grunge.
Powerplant is out today on Anti-Records.