ALBUM REVIEW: Girlpool – Powerplant | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.05.17





Girlpool’s sophomore LP Powerplant sees Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker expand beyond their off-kilter debut – 2015’s Before The World Was Big – both sonically and with the quality of their songwriting. The addition of friend Miles Wintner on drums gives the band more purpose in their fragile moments and allows songs to build into mammoth cinematic noise rock.

Corner Store and Soup in particular possess incredible walls of sound which sit angularly behind the alluring harmonies of Tividad and Tucker, and there’s something unmistakably L.A. about the whole record. Girlpool have clearly heard a few Velvet Underground records but there’s enough West Coast sun and influences from the likes of the Cocteau Twins to avoid a drift into pastiche.

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