Review by Katie McFaul
If you haven’t heard of Girlpool before, then shame on you! For those of you not in the know, Girlpool are a duo from Los Angeles, California who create songs and stories capable of transporting you to another time in a whirlwind of nostalgia – intrigued? Another great quality this pair have is their ability to grow and evolve on an epic scale with each release. Their debut album ‘When the World was Big‘ tells tales and cheeky memories of growing up, as told by two friends and their instruments. Tucker and Trividad’s sweet harmonies became a major staple of their sound, and the songs were simple but spoke with great volume. Moving onto their second record ‘Powerplant‘, we see them expanding their sound and taking more risks in terms of style and musicality, whilst still retaining that dream like quality.
Now in 2019 we see Girlpool return with a their album ‘What Chaos is Imaginary‘. Here we see the two developing even further, producing three very different songs. Although there are some familiar traits threaded throughout these tracks, there are also some bold differences. Whilst Trividad takes the lead vocals on ‘What Chaos is Imaginary‘, Tucker displays a much lower and gravely vocal on her tracks, ‘Hire‘ and ‘Lucy’s‘ – and it sounds great! Again, they demonstrate their ability to explore a bigger, more well rounded sound without losing the unique, otherworldly charm that they are known for. Each track emits an entirely different vibe and purpose, and it is refreshing to hear that variation.
So for those of you that have been out of the Girlpool loop until this point, maybe you will feel compelled to go out and revel in their spacey, grungey wonder! And for those who have been waiting for the next instalment from these two, I think you will be pleased with what you hear.