Girlpool get lost in a dream-pop haze on ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’

The Los Angeles duo offer up the personal title track to their new LP and play Royale in the spring

 
 

A few weeks back, 2018 was just about wrapping up when Girlpool went ahead and made us look feverishly ahead into the New Year. The Los Angeles duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker had announced a spring tour with Hatchie, and included in the run was a highlighter-circle-worthy April 23 stop at Royale in Boston.

We’re still a few months out from that show, but Girlpool emerge today by giving us even more to anticipate, offering up the title track from their upcoming album, February 1’s What Chaos Is Imaginary (via ANTI- Records). The lush, string and synth-heavy track is easy to get lost in.

“‘What Chaos is Imaginary’ is a song very close to my heartmind… closer than most,” says Tividad. “I wrote it at the most vulnerable point I have ever had thus far in my life. I was living very far from ‘home’ and not taking the best care of myself on any level… no matter what I did, I was getting into situations that were emotionally, spiritually and physically putting me at some type of risk. These situations culminated in me having horrific PTSD (I didn’t realize it was this until long after) during which I found it completely impossible to imagine living beyond the time I was in.”

Tividad adds: “The ‘present moment’ was impossible to even begin to participate in-there was very nearly a white noise over all interactions and I couldn’t focus in any social situations unless I somehow found a way to be in my wrong mind. This song is about reckoning with this — trying to find a path to forgiving myself, attempts to redevelop a relationship with the world where I could find some illusion of ‘safety’ and belief in the fact that I could ultimately take care of myself.”

Swim into it below.

Featured image by Gina Canavan.

Girlpool 2019 Tour Dates:
April 4 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport *
April 5 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
April 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *
April 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
April 11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
April 12 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
April 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
April 16 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
April 17 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
April 18 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
April 19 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
April 20 – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall *
April 21 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
April 23 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
April 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
April 25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
April 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
April 27 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
April 28 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
April 30 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall *
May 1 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
May 2 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *
May 3 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
May 4 – Houston, TX @ Satellite *
May 5 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger *
May 7 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
May 8 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
May 9 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Coop *
May 10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
May 11 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole *
* w/ Hatchie