Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool, composed of songwriters Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, has returned with two grungey, emotionally complex singles. The first, “Lucy’s” was written by Tucker, who also takes charge of the vocals, singing over grinding guitar chords and doomily pounding drums. The lyrics make a possible Beatles allusion in the repeated line, “I swear I’ll be alright / although Emily’s in the sky”; it’s also a reference to Tucker’s role as nurturer in a past relationship, speaking on the seesawing co-dependency between two people.
“Where You Sink” echoes the vibe of the duo’s last album, Powerplant, with Tividad’s high-pitched voice wavering wearily over a punchy electronic beat. Of the song, Tividad commented in a press release:
“I wrote it when I found myself looking at one person from various angles; I found them to be beautiful in toxic but charismatic ways. It’s about loving someone who you don’t really have the chance to get to know fully because their time is spent trying to get out of their head, further from reality. It explores the complications of trying to get close to someone who ultimately wants to be far from themselves.”
Check out both of the singles below. Girlpool is playing with Porches at Union Transfer on November. Find tickets and more info here.