Educate Your Ears: WTRGRL

WTRGRL aka Chloe Saavedra (former band member of Caroline Polachek & ½ of Chaos Chaos) unveils her debut solo EP, DRIP1 and shares first single ‘HEROINE’ with music video. Fresh from touring as part of Caroline Polachek’s headline tours in North America, UK and Europe as well as support of Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia Tour,” Swedish-Mexican-American producer, drummer, singer and songwriter Chloe Saavedra, is breaking out with her first self fronted project, WTRGRL. After a prolific career of drumming, singing, and writing with other artists, Chloe has finally found the freedom to pursue her own vision.

Her debut EP titled DRIP1 melds mainstream pop with experimental electronic music. The EP comprises two original songs including remixes by Death’s Dynamic Shroud and BABii As a session musician, Saavedra considers collaboration a key aspect of her practice, DRIP1 sees her work together with ZHONE and Clearcast on the production.

She explains: “I’m realizing how much fun it is to execute my vision with a team around me of friends and collaborators.

WTRGRL achieves a fine balance of soft ethereal and hardcore electronic music within the template of mainstream pop. The marriage of these qualities allows room for both an intellectual palette and instantaneous gratification. Chloe is no novice to creating pop music that reaches the masses, with her and her sisters’ band, Chaos Chaos, they have had a single reach the Billboard “Hot Rock Charts”, multiple viral hits placed on Spotify’s editorial playlists; New Music Friday, Viral Hits, Indie Pop and All New Indie and have over 120 million streams on Spotify alone.

In the new single, ‘Heroine,’ Chloe collaborates with Oakland-based, UKG-influenced producer, Clearcast to create a song about embracing resilience in the face of adversity. “I wanted to extract the healing effect that ambient music has and to inject that into club music”, she says.

The music video directed by Chadrick Preuss reflects the process of overcoming battles. In the video, Chloe is portrayed as a heroine holding an axe as well as a doppelganger who acts as the enemy. Chloe’s performance of both the heroine and the beast character poses the question of whether the conflict she sings about is internal or external.

DRIP1 EP cover

Chloe is best known as a member of the band Smoosh (aka Chaos Chaos), which she co-founded with her sister Asy when she was just 10 years old. Smoosh signed to Barsuk Records and toured the world with the likes of Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater Kinney and Pearl Jam, and even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! By the age Chloe was 15, they had released four full-length records. In 2014, the sisters changed their band name to Chaos Chaos, released an album and wrote music for TV shows including; Rick and Morty, Lucifer, Never Have I Ever and more.

In 2021 Chloe and her sister took a hiatus from the band to pursue their solo efforts. During this time Chloe released her first song as WTRGRL titled Party Alone which was featured on Spotify editorial playlist, Hyperpop and has over 132k streams. Then began drumming and singing backup vocals for Caroline Polachek on her headline tours. Chloe has also performed with artists Conan Gray, Kacy Hill, Lee Ranaldo, and Samantha Urbani, and has featured as a guest drummer on ten separate occasions on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Feature photo by @callumwalkerhutchinson
Video directed by @chadrickpreuss

Heroine is out now: