This relatively new LA-based project paints a grim and relatable tale of “the fatalist”, the thinker whose mind can get stuck in a predetermination of our fate. “Over the line and coming back again/ We’re all gonna die, funny isn’t it?/ Making a good time sad and laughing like I’m proud of it,” hums Luiz on each chorus.
Although feeling trapped, the writer is self-aware of the habits formed in this line of thinking: “started playing the fatalist and now I can’t snap out of it.”
The outfit showcases a goofy, ironic, homemade film of Lauren managing life in a onesie whale suit, perhaps hinting at the formidable destruction of the world’s ocean terrain and wildlife. There certainly is something to be said about a looming universal thread in music and art coming especially from younger artists like girlhouse that insinuate existential dread.
That—on top of the shitty pandemic and the presence of sudo-fascist government regimes—makes girlhouse’s lyrics a lot sensical. “Lately, times have been showing up hazy/ Empathy makes me crazy/ The crazy’s creeping in.”
Ultimately, girlhouse is perhaps doing the very thing most creators are made to do; siphoning the emotional presence of our time and making sense of it.
Watch the official music video for “the fatalist” below.
Anjali Rose Kumar is a musician, videographer, and creative freak based in Brooklyn, NYC. Anjali is learning to cope with a self-imposed quarantine in NYC’s second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by spending her hours recording music in her bedroom, watching her unemployment leave her bank account, and embarking on a newly revived love of writing. In fact, when Anjali was 10 years old she was convinced she would live her life as a writer, however, she would often confuse her teachers by making up her own vocabulary and therefore buried the interest for 15 years. Cheers to the new years ahead of us. You can find out more about Anjali here.