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Girlpool, “Picturesong” Where were you when Elon Musk launched a car into space? I was, for approximately the millionth time, listening to Girlpool’s “Picturesong,” which, not entirely unlike, um, launching a car into space, does the impossible. Girlpool have thus far succeeded because they make beautifully intimate guitar music. It sounds fragile until you pay attention to the lyrics, and then it just sounds like quiet power. Its appeal has been in the way the two women behind the project — Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad — have built a rickety, miniature world, closed f from the outside. So what to make “Picturesong,” which invites Dev Hynes in to collaborate and adds a sheen smoothness to their signature style? Does it still sound like they’re standing in the room with you? Do they still feel like your band, even though you know other people like them too? Did listening to them while thinking about an empty car rocketing through the vast, unknowable expanse space feel weird? If you answered yes to all these questions — even the space car one — then “Picturesong” probably feels pretty exciting to you too. —Sam Hockley-Smith (@shockleysmith)