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Released: 1.6.15

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Girlpool’s debut, Before The World Was Big is the perfect sad-girl punk rock album. Opener, Ideal World has a heavy, rhythmic bassline which sets the tone for the rest of the album, with the duo’s voices mingling perfectly before descending into Nirvana-esque guitar shrieks. These grungy, angry guitars only get heavier on tracks like Crowded Stranger, but disappear completely on the entirely shouted, almost nursery rhyme-like Magnifying Glass.

With shouted lyrics about matching dresses on the title track, and touching odes to girls called Emily and Dear Nora, Girlpool really are bringing something new to the scene by combining melancholy girly fun with a gritty, punky core managing to create a sound that’s both fresh and exciting yet nostalgic.

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