If you caught Girlpool's Bill Murray-approved set at The FADER FORT, or have seen any of their recent shows opening up for Waxahatchee, you'll recognize "Before the World Was Big," the hard-to-shake title track from the teenage duo's forthcoming debut album. It's deceptively simple in melody and structure, with episodic lyrics shouted like fragmented scenes from their recent childhood: firetrucks, snowballs, sidewalks, trash cans. Mom and dad, I love you/ Do I show it enough? It actually reminds me a lot of young, accidental outsider icons The Shaggs, except with significantly more existential angst. Even the title is reminiscent of that band's cheaply recorded debut record, Philosophy of the World. Girlpool's album drops June 2nd via Witchita.
Lead image: Alice Baxley