Girlpool’s latest release, “What Chaos is Imaginary,” is layered with meaning and importance to both the duo and their fans.
While their last two tracks were heavily leaning towards the drums and guitar of garage rock, this forthcoming LP is more experimentally constructed.
Girlpool dabbles in a new synth-pop sound on “What Chaos is Imaginary,” which features synthesizers and electronic repercussion. The track maintains the intimate vibe that characterizes Girlpool, but with a fuller, deeper sound accompanied by new instruments and even an orchestral string octet.
Fans of Girlpool — myself included — have watched the duo grow up since their self-titled release in 2014. It is easy to feel close to the experiences shared in their last two albums addressing modern feminist trials and first loves. Their first album in 2015 was released when they were both still in high school. Now, four years later, the duo explores the newest challenges of young-adult life.
Among many reasons for Girlpool’s change in sound, one of the band’s members, Tucker, is undergoing what they call “gender flow” (instead of “transition,” a term that reflects a linear process and reinforces binaries). This has provided the duo an opportunity for change, but also presents its own challenges. Tucker now sings an octave lower, unable to hit some of the high notes common on Girlpool’s last two albums. Tucker continues to grapple with and search for their new sound as their voice continues to change. Despite this, Tucker and Tividad beautifully find where the voices meet in harmony on this track.
Additionally, Tividad opened up about the dark inspiration that led to “What Chaos is Imaginary” on Instagram, exploring her road to mental well-being and self-forgiveness. The chillingly melancholy track reflects both Tucker and Tividad’s struggle to find peace in relationships with others and themselves. This track graduates from teen angst to a dynamic range of tones and textures, inviting their fans to grow with them. It beautifully reflects Girlpool’s commitment to growth, self-reflection, and the arduous battle of making sense out of chaos.
Listen to the new track down below:
Violet Selznick is a Cal Poly Anthropology & Geography sophomore and a KCPR staff member. She wrote the article. Image credit to Girlpool.