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Viking's Choice: Girlpool, 'Ideal World'

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With just an electric guitar and bass, Girlpool inhabits an entire ecosystem in the space of a bedroom. The single-note melodies are simple and quiet; their instruments are cheap, yet full of character. "Ideal World" comes from the duo's debut album, Before The World Was Big.

The song opens with the line, "I thought I found myself today / No one's noticed things are okay," as Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker's voices pierce the vulnerability and uncertainty that surround them. The song doesn't deviate far from the sound of Girlpool's EP and 7" single, but it does vamp on a dreamy Codeine-like riff and end on a 30-second bit of guitar skronk that flips off the last line, "Tranquilize me with your ideal world."

Before The World Was Big comes out June 2 on Wichita. Download Girlpool's "Blah Blah Blah" in our Austin 100 mixtape.