The debut album by Girlpool on digital download - includes a free instant download of Ideal World.
Before The World Was Big track list:
1. Ideal World
2. Dear Nora
3. Before The World Was Big
5. Cherry Picking
6. Magnifying Glass
7. Crowded Stranger
10. I Like That You Can See It
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Girlpool is a Philadelphia based two piece made up of Cleo Tucker (Guitar) and Harmony Tividad (Bass). The two met at Los Angeles DIY venue the Smell and quickly grew very close. Their sound is raw, comprised only of a guitar, bass and vocal harmonies. Cleo and Harmony use this stripped-down instrumentation to accentuate their vulnerable and powerful lyrics.
After releasing their self-titled EP, Girlpool relocated to Philadelphia at the end of 2014 looking for change of pace and scenery. There they recorded their debut LP, Before The World Was Big, with Kyle Gilbride (of Swearin'). Before The World Was Big explores the concepts of growth, friendship, and the interaction between identity and environment. The introspective-punk duo captures growing pains and existential quandaries with a honest and true intention.
"Raw, minimal, yet emotionally fierce... loaded with moments of offhand intimacy and caustic wit." -Rolling Stone
“When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it's like a lightning bolt to the gut.” – Songs We Love – NPR
*"Fever-pitch vocals, lo-fidelity guitar, and endless cool" *– Pitchfork
“Intimate folk-pop with powerful undertow on duo’s succinct debut” - **** MOJO
“Girlpool are an unstoppable force” - **** DIY
*"This brilliant half-hour of punky Americana is a chance to read the journals of the coolest kids in town.” *- 8/10, NME
“Introspective, diaristic songs that make a virtue of their simplicity” - **** Uncut
"The emotional gravity carried by its brevity and simplicity, a quantum leap from last year's self-titled EP, is nothing less than astounding.” - 9/10, The Line of Best Fit
“A record that will make you wanna hug your pals and never let them go” - 8/10, Drowned in Sound
In the 6ft 2” form of 23-years-old Oscar Scheller, a melody-savant has emerged from his messy bedroom in North West London holding a MacBook full of songs to save British pop with beautiful words: and notes and chords too. His melancholic songs make heavy use of snippets of sampled breakbeats, naughtily broken off from 90’s East Coast rap records (he also loves rap). It’s like he fell asleep listening to ‘Parklife’-era Blur, followed by Nas’s ‘Illmatic’, and woke up with a gangsta melancholy synthesis boogie. ‘Beautiful Words’ even has a ‘Dem Bow’ beat swathed in Oscar’s fuzzy, scrunchy bedroom production (he takes his cues from other favourites here; The Radio Dept.)
'Beautiful Words' follows Oscar's acclaimed Daffodil Days single released on Wichita earlier this year.
“huge but lo-fi choruses” NME
“unabashedly personal pop” Pitchfork
'Beautiful Words' track list:
01. Beautiful Words
02. Forget Me Not
03. Grow Up
04. Told Me So
All pre-orders receive an instant download of the title track.
Don't Weight Down The Light is Meg Baird's third solo album - the follow up to 2011's highly acclaimed Seasons On Earth. The album was recorded at Eric Bauer’s Bauer Mansion studio - most famous for the ragged and raging sounds of Ty Segall, Six Organs’ “Hexadic,” White Fence, and Thee Oh Sees. Like Meg’s previous LPs (and much of Espers output,) the foundation of Don’t Weigh Down the Light is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that’s alternately soaring, tender, soothing, and deep with mystery—one that more than a few have likened to the folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jaqui McShee, and Shirley Collins.
But where Dear Companion and Seasons on Earth were relatively minimalist affairs, Don’t Weigh Down The Light swims in colours and texture. Electric guitars and organs float and dart around Meg’s intricate picking and voice like ghosts. Distant drums become heartbeats. Piano and electric 12-string guitars shimmer like sun shining on rippling, crystalline seas.
*"The once and future queen of psych-folk returns… Baird’s music remains gorgeous, harbouring a kind of still magic.” *Uncut – 8/10
“A transfusion of gorgeous, non-stop melody that rustles the air like an Appalachian mountain breeze… All 11 tracks are evocative and addictive. This is a diamond without a flaw.” Record Collector – 5 Stars *****
“Stepping into Meg Baird’s world is like being lost in a medieval forest, a surreal place where anciant English ballads are sweetened and deepened with Appalachian mountain dulcimer and Laurel Canyon guitar.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“Her third album is bound to send folk lovers drifting deep into mystic this summer… A tie-dyed treat.” The Telegraph – 4 Stars****
“A beautifully emotive listen, steeped in convention whilst eliciting a contemporary narrative and tone.” DIY – 4 Stars ****
“On the surface it may be a gentle and breathy piece of Sandy Denny inspired folk, but throughout its eleven tracks there’s a more electric (and more eclectic) underbelly. Snaking guitar solos abound in the style of Kurt Vile, while elsewhere a laid back, Real Estate dreaminess breezes through the more typical folk influences… Simple in its beauty, but with much to rediscover on subsequent listens.” Loud & Quiet – 8/10