Album Review Girlpool - Forgiveness

There are moments where every effort and inflection Girlpool are throwing in feels totally symbiotic.

Girlpool - Forgiveness

Dissecting every corner of their sound, exploring every possible avenue, with ‘Forgiveness’, the duo loosen the threads that hold Girlpool together. The orchestra of slow-burn glitch-pop that constitutes the opening throes of the album dissolves as quickly as it manifests into the swooning guitar strumming of ‘Violet’ and, from then on, ‘Forgiveness’ becomes an exercise in the intersections between. There are moments where every effort and inflection Girlpool are throwing in feels totally symbiotic. ‘Afterlife’ simultaneously boasts a melody that taps into the pair’s pop-poetry sensibilities, and is transported onwards to somewhere otherworldly by vibrant, deep production. Similarly, ‘Junkie’ oscillates between simplicity and intensity; brash because it’s so restrained yet so captivating - Harmony Tividad’s vocals are piercing, and her words are sheer intoxication, ringing out incantations. Again, the melodic construction is standard. But the flickering, fluttering instrumentation blending mournful horn tones and piano notes with electronic sparkle is a pulsing demonstration of Girlpool’s mastery of control.

 

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