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.
Praise for Girlpool:
*"When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it's like a lightning bolt to the gut.” *– Songs We Love – NPR
“Armed with just two guitars, the duo reel you in with seriously catchy hooks and achieve more depth with these songs than any drum kit ever could." *– NME
“If rebellion had a sound, I imagine it would end up sounding a lot like Girlpool... fresh, raw, and uncompromising." – Stereogum
Musical Artist to Watch in 2015 *– New York Times
THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM - THE ALBUM WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD ON RELEASE - 1ST JUNE 2015
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.
**This is a pre-order - release date is 10th July 2015. Digital pre-order includes a bonus track 'Easy Life' + instant download of 'Save It For Tonight ' **
‘Decency’ follows 2013’s ‘The Days Run Away’ and sees the band continue their uncanny knack for conjuring up moments of introspective beauty whilst encapsulating the band’s ideals, both socially and politically. The pop suss that flowed through previous releases still reigns but ‘Decency’ embellishes those hooks and melodies creating some of the band’s best work to date.
Recorded at the tail end of last summer at Leeds’ Suburban Homes studio with MJ (Hookworms) at the controls, ‘Decency ‘ also sees Futurehead Ross Millard on extra-curricular duty with guitar and vocal artistry making his recording debut as a fully-fledged Heartstring.
01 - Peterborough Dogs
02 - Decency
03 - Think Yourself Lucky
04 - Save It For Tonight
05 - Money
06 - Hate Me Like You Used To
07 - Berlin Calls
08 - Balconette
09 - Someday Anna
10 - Just Not In Love
11 - Not For Pleasure
12 - Knife In My Back