Ideal World has an uncanny resemblance to first single proper, Chinatown. The instrumentation, of which Girlpool are familiar with, is minimalistic and largely focusses on the vocal harmonies that Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad weave. It revolves around a repetitive bass and guitar section, with a light sprinking of entirely unnecessary guitar scratching at the end, even though this does break up what would be a very simple song. As always, the lyrics are the centrepoint, and Ideal World has plenty of the heartwrenching and often funny lyrics that Girlpool have become noticed for. For example, you have the main lyric: ‘Tranquillise me with your ideal world’ and then there is ‘I thought I found myself today / No-one’s noticed things are OK’.
That second lyric is the title of their video diary/documentary that came out only two months ago. Makes sense, really. The music is not going to set your world on fire, it’s not designed to. It’s designed to deliver relatable and often emotional lyrics with none of that musical stuff clogging up the front and centre – the words. You’ll either love or hate the vocals, Cleo’s vocals are a lot easier to digest than Harmony’s, who tends to verge on 90’s riot grrl ‘whiny’ voice, some might say. But it works, especially when the voices collide. The music isn’t a huge distance away from their EP, which was released in late 2014, but I can’t imagine Girlpool making any other music.