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Underrated. 2nd Album is a grower.

nostormo, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the guitar tone Powerplant

Evan, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Haven't property digested it yet but on first listen it's interesting that they no longer sound particularly idiosyncratic - as a band and also their voices.

everything, Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

fuck i wish i went to their show here last summer. i just heard "Blah Blah Blah" for the first time, what an amazing song.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:36 (two years ago) Permalink

New album is great. First album mostly great. Their harmonies do something to me.

Shanty Brunch (stevie), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 14:33 (two years ago) Permalink

The second album seems like a big step up from the debut. I've been playing it a lot.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:02 (two years ago) Permalink

My favorite new band of the last five years. Thought about starting a thread a couple years ago, not sure why I didn't.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:45 (two years ago) Permalink

this feels like a flashback to 2012 when I ignored Grimes for nine months because for some reason I thought she was a prefab pop star like Lana Del Rey. last time they were in town, Girlpool played with Snail Mail (great but not my thing) and Frankie Cosmos (zzzzzzzz) and somehow I've never heard them before. Actually I think I saw the video of their NPR Tiny Desk Concert after someone on FB posted it mockingly. w/e I bought the record last night can't wait to hear the whole thing...

flappy bird, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:02 (two years ago) Permalink

got the Powerplant LP, fully on board now. it came with a shirt. hope they tour the east coast soon.

flappy bird, Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

co-sign dat

calstars, Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:41 (two years ago) Permalink

sweet Fader feature from 6 months ago: http://www.thefader.com/2016/11/30/girlpool-powerplant-harmony-tividad-cleo-tucker-interview

flappy bird, Sunday, 25 June 2017 02:27 (two years ago) Permalink

'sleepless' and 'static somewhere' are my faves on the new one

calstars, Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

this band is fucking brilliant

flappy bird, Sunday, 2 July 2017 05:59 (one year ago) Permalink

I doubt many people would feel the same but "It Gets More Blue" is probably my favourite song of the year. Emotionally it just hits all the right notes for me, it's such a beautiful sigh of a song. The harmonies on the interlude before the second chorus ("but I don't do / what I ought to") are particularly heartbreaking. The full album's amazing too!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 2 July 2017 08:40 (one year ago) Permalink

It's also interesting how they abandoned what made them interesting and took on a less original sound but actually came out of it with a much better album

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 2 July 2017 08:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I really can't get over how brilliant Before the World Was Big is. For the last year or so I only had a peripheral awareness of Girlpool, and really my only exposure to their music was someone posting their NPR Tiny Desk Concert in a private FB group (skewing mostly punk/metal/rock) totally mocking it. I didn't even watch the video, I just sort of thought "oh, it's a Beat Happening thing - skip." Treeship posted that Blah Blah Blah poll and I heard the Girlpool song - their first song - and it blew me away. Got Powerplant, I instantly loved most of it, especially "123," "It Gets More Blue," and "Corner Store." There are others, and I need to listen to it more, but I don't think it's a better or more interesting album than BTWWB.

The first two records, especially BTWWB, are brilliant because they're working in an idiom (bedroom indie pop/rock) that's known for its sloppiness and has a very rigid and recognizable sound. But they're trained musicians that went to school for this - all the records are "written and arranged" by Cleo & Harmony. So those first chords of "Ideal World" start up, hesitant at first, like all those bedroom bandcamp wankers, and then Cleo rips that open G string and it sounds explosive, like hearing the opening drums on "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time. It really shook me. And the songwriting is just so strong, so much better than all of their peers. I really can't stand most of those Philly bands, and why bother after BTWWB has been made? Their songwriting is ridiculously great, "Dear Nora" is on par with the best of Elliott Smith. There's a power here and a force that I don't feel from anyone else working in their milieu today. Extremely tight compositions, harmonies, and hilarious wordplay (that drawn out "having seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeances," such a great fake out). BTWWB is at once a rejection and a capstone on bandcamp bedroom pop. I'm bummed I'm 2 years late, but I have a new favorite album. It hasn't left my turntable in a week.

flappy bird, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:52 (one year ago) Permalink

I watched that Tiny Desk concert over and over. It's magnetic.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:12 (one year ago) Permalink

It's incredible. I wish there were more live recordings of them out there - I can only find 2 performances of "Dear Nora" on youtube. Looks like they're touring Europe in the fall, and they have one festival somewhere in Texas in November. I really hope they hit the east coast again this year.

flappy bird, Friday, 7 July 2017 17:19 (one year ago) Permalink

i feel sick to my stomach knowing i went to their show here last summer and left after my friends opened. fucking hell

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Really warming up to Powerplant. I love every song on here - "Kiss and Burn" and "Powerplant" are new standouts. I've listened to Before the World Was Big more than anything other record so far this year, and I've only had it for a month. I love this band so much.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:49 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDprSv9DjxY

flappy bird, Sunday, 17 September 2017 06:57 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Butt ass

— namaste at the disco (@harmonysaccount) October 19, 2017

harmony's twitter page is amazing

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 19 October 2017 08:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Saw Billy Corgan last week. He played "Winterlong," an Adore-era demo/castoff that I wasn't that familiar with. As he played it (I didn't shoot this video but it's from the show I saw), I instantly recognized it... but knew it wasn't Pumpkins... maybe an hour after I got home I realized it's the same chord progression/riff as "It Gets More Blue"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDComu7uDVE

flappy bird, Monday, 23 October 2017 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink

That's a Neil Young cover

Pixies covered it also, before SP

Good song and good catch tho

yes we replican (fgti), Monday, 23 October 2017 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

No, it's an original SP song: http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/song.html?song_id=608&song_type=-1

flappy bird, Monday, 23 October 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

But fwiw Billy has been covering "After the Gold Rush" recently at these solo shows.

flappy bird, Monday, 23 October 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnbYz1Kpy70

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:27 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

New interview, but it's on p4k's awful fucking beer website: https://oct.co/essays/having-beer-girlpool?utm_source=p4k

flappy bird, Friday, 24 August 2018 02:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

two new songs + fall tour dates: https://www.spin.com/2018/10/girlpool-lucys-and-where-you-sink/

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

What Chaos is Imaginary out February 1, 2019.

https://static.stereogum.com/uploads/2018/11/Girlpool-What-Chaos-Is-Imaginary-_-Album-Art-1542118645-640x640.jpg

"Hire" is great, sounds a lot like XO era Elliott Smith. Cleo's vocal performance on that one is thrilling.

https://www.stereogum.com/2022665/girlpool-hire-what-chaos-is-imaginary/music/

flappy bird, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 22:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

fantastic song

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 23:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah I like it a lot more than the other two

flappy bird, Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

xps Was just saying this! It's great - looking forward to listening to the rest of the album. I used to find this band's sound way too thin, but the new stuff seems a big improvement.

tangenttangent, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:43 (four months ago) Permalink

I love this album

geoffreyess, Saturday, 9 February 2019 22:02 (four months ago) Permalink

waiting for my copy

flappy bird, Sunday, 10 February 2019 02:29 (four months ago) Permalink

I like it

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:57 (four months ago) Permalink

Wow uh this new album is amazing. It’s very shoegaze

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 25 February 2019 01:36 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

flaps, u gotta POX for this band?

Nick Chiveon (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:20 (two months ago) Permalink

dear nora
before the world was big
ideal world
powerplant
static somewhere
123
blah blah blah
slutmouth
magnifying glass
sleepless

haven't listened to the new one enough to include any here. wasn't that into it at first but powerplant really grew on me.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:35 (two months ago) Permalink

melodically / harmonically they remind me a lot of blink-182.... so ymmv

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:36 (two months ago) Permalink

ha totally

Nick Chiveon (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:38 (two months ago) Permalink

ty btw

Nick Chiveon (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:39 (two months ago) Permalink

my pleasure. they deserve more attention

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:41 (two months ago) Permalink

well I guess I'm stuck in the lol 90s but they are saving me

Nick Chiveon (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink

listened to the new one today. liked it overall, but the title track towers over the rest. stunning song.

person industrial complex (voodoo chili), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Listening to the new one for the first time in a while, "All Blacked Out" (the song that ends side 1) fucking knocked me out. I'd put that in a POX. not sold on the title track yet or much else tbh but I need to spend more time with this record. the effect that Cleo's new voice has had on them cannot be understated - especially since they're only a duo. it's like having a different singer, and it alters the musical dynamic dramatically.

flappy bird, Saturday, 20 April 2019 05:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Right, just remembered how much solo material and demos Cleo & Harmony both have, and that some songs on the new record are really old. This is just stunning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xHYN64L2Ro

flappy bird, Monday, 22 April 2019 04:30 (two months ago) Permalink

This... might actually be my favourite album of theirs? The songwriting is certainly stronger here than on Powerplant, but it's also so dark that I find i'm not returning to it as much as i did Powerplant two years ago.

But holy fuck, that title track

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 22 April 2019 05:11 (two months ago) Permalink


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