Album Review: Gal Pal – This and Other Gestures

4.5/5

It’s been quiet since Gal Pal’s 2019 EP, Unrest/Unfeeling. Before that, back in 2017, they released their debut album GIRLISH. But now they’re back with their second album, This and Other Gestures, and it’s rather captivating—a little background on your new musical obsession.

Gal Pal was created by Emelia Austin (she/her), Shayna Hahn (she/her), and Nico Romero (he/him). They started Gal Pal in college, living in the same dorm on the same floor, and were drawn to each other by a shared ambition and aspiration to play music in a safe space. 

They released their debut, GIRLISH, while still in college and later released their EP. Fast forward to 2023; they are in their mid-20s, and as most of us know, no one has the same experiences in their 20s. This and Other Gestures reflect that each song is a personal story and touches on the hardships we all stumble upon in life like love, death, and grief. We hear of Romero’s experience with grief during his gender dysphoria, and the joy of his transition, on the album’s third track and fourth single, Pleasures. The song starts with baseball commentary and sharp guitar riffs, with ambient synths following throughout. It’s really a “wow” song. 

This and Other Gestures has 14 songs on it and is about 55 minutes total. Fourteen songs that provoke emotions in you. Fourteen songs that have you clinging to your headphones or speakers for 55 minutes. Sometimes you’ll feel like dancing, and other times you’ll feel like crying. In all honesty, this is an excellent album. A lot of hard work has been put into it, and it’s a shame it was released the same day as Foo Fighters and Rancid because this album deserves a lot of attention. Sure, there are songs I prefer over others on this album. But it’s raw, and I swear, I sense a note of the Cranberries’ influence on here. Or maybe it’s just me.

You can get the album here! 

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