Album of the Week: Powerplant by Girlpool

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Powerplant is the sophomore album of Los Angeles duo Girlpool, now out via Anti-Records. Starting out with an intimate, bedroom pop made up of vocals over guitar and bass, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker then recruited Miles Wintner to record drums on their new material, creating a fuller sound which could easily fit under the “folk punk” umbrella, but taking up way more space than that.

In just twenty-nine minutes and twelve tracks, the two songwriters explore projections, despondency, apathy, romance, love, and heartbreak with an amazing and unexpected clarity of mind, even more so once we learn that the songwriters are only twenty and twenty-one years old.

“As a society I feel that we perceive softness and vulnerability as traits that are ‘weak,’ and people emotionally disconnect themselves in order to avoid going through everything they feel,” Tividad explains in a press release for the album. She continues, “I think what is most important right now is empathy, and in order to have empathy we must first feel what we, ourselves, feel.”

Enjoy two videos from the new album below.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →