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
The second album by Cheatahs. Pre-orders will receive an instant grat download of Seven Sisters.
Recorded over the past year and in hand with their debut, ‘Mythologies’ takes in a vast array of influences whilst taking its name from Roland Barthes’ 1957 collection of essays on semiotics and myth. A rollercoaster of sonic thrills - the cinematic widescreen brilliance of ‘Channel View’, the motoric rhythms of ‘In Flux’, the cascading sonic beauty of ‘Freak Waves’ or the scintillating beauty of ‘Seven Sisters’ and ‘Signs To Lorelei’ before the seismic surge finale of album closers ‘Mysteci’ and ‘Reverie Bravo’, it’s a marked and ambitious departure….
As the band says: “We had no permanent base whilst making this album and creating it in so many varied locations undoubtedly influenced us in a positive sense. We felt very nomadic and the sense of freedom inspired us to experimentation.”
The newfound sense of freedom has inspired and certainly influenced the self-produced ‘Mythologies’. Recorded at various locations in London, Marc’s studio home, a monolithic high-rise next to MI5 headquarters overlooking the Thames (one floor above offices that once housed anti-terrorist units in the 60’s), a converted church in Ramsgate and the fabled environs of Chemikal Underground’s Glasgow studio Chem19.
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.