“Girlpool EP” by Girlpool
LA wunderkind duo Girlpool is on the verge of a breakout: signing with Wichita Recordings, getting the Pitchfork spotlight, and touring the East Coast and the UK, including dates opening for Jenny Lewis. To date, their sole calling card was an infectious EP on LA’s Big Joy Records, and that has been polished up for their formal introduction to the world. Rough, frank, and unapologetically feminist without being dogmatic, “Blah Blah Blah”, “Jane”, and “Slutmouth” are the tracks that force a seat at the table, at turns awkward, cutting, and sometimes hilarious.
With subsequent listens, it’s “Plants and Worms” that serves as the looking glass where we see beyond the sass. It turns out that behind their venom, gleeful or otherwise, are the doubts that we all have. Musically, Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass) use the intensity of their harmonies, obvious chemistry, and canny sense of space to make up for the instruments that one might perceive “should” be there. Having only formed a full year ago, it’s been a whirlwind trip, and the journey holds a new LP on the horizon for 2015.