Girlpool have released a video for "Powerplant," the title track from the long-awaited follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2015 debut.
The clip, directed by Philip Steiger, is set in a bowling alley, as Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad perform the song to a group of forlorn teens in the background. Towards the end, a video director with a megaphone interrupts the shoot and we see that the whole scene is contrived. In a comment to NPR, video director, Philip Steiger says the "music video is a meta-narrative nightmare exploring the power dynamics and manipulation behind an insincere candidness."
Powerplant is the result of Girlpool's chaotic (touring, moving across the country twice) and informative year spent supporting their debut album. Over 10 days last August, Girlpool holed up at Los Angeles' Comp-ny studios to record and mix Powerplant. There they were joined by a third performer, drummer Miles Wintner, a friend who easily meshed with the tight-knit duo. The decision to add percussion came as a natural decision for Harmony and Cleo: "Cleo and I just were driving down the New Jersey turnpike when she mentioned that it might be exciting to expand our sound for the new songs," says Harmony. "The songs we were writing had the potential of getting really climactic,"
The 12 tracks that compose Powerplant grow and burn with greater fire than the duo have possessed before. Watch the video for the title track below.