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  • Girlpool [Wichita Recordings, 2014] **
  • Before the World Was Big [Wichita Recordings, 2015] **
  • Powerplant [Anti-, 2017] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Girlpool [Wichita Recordings, 2014]
The loneliness of the dirty-minded teengirl ("Blah Blah Blah," "Slutmouth") **

Before the World Was Big [Wichita Recordings, 2015]
Picking their way through a world that ain't all that big no matter how scary ("Before the World Was Big," "Ideal World") **

Powerplant [Anti-, 2017]
Far be it from me to encourage punky minimalists to Learn Their Instruments on the path to Peace Through Art or Big Bucks. Too often that's a not-so-shortcut to sterile formalism or creepy-crawly commercialism. Yet the dream-pop these Philly-based Angeleno BFFs have worked up achieves a surprising softness, vulnerability, dynamic range, and melodicism. Cleo Tucker's guitar articulates and Harmony Tividad's bass complicates as some guy named Miles bangs the drums supportively. The only hitch is all the Explore Your Poeticism. More "You'll build him a tower and he'll burn you a bridge," please. I want to know what you're driving at, meandering toward, or both. B+