Girlpool sounds like two girls who've only ever listened to punk trying their hand at singer-songwriter-y folk. Onstage, Harmony Tividad, 19, plays bass and Cleo Tucker, 18, plays guitar—but sometimes they'll switch. Both of them sing, reading each other's faces for timing cues, relying on an inexplicable teenage telepathy to pull off each meandering melodic turn. Their two-part harmonies are beautiful but unrehearsed, like when you're singing along to the radio with a friend and, for a second, the stars align and you actually sound really good.
When I meet up with the pair at Tucker's brand new Philadelphia apartment—a barely furnished rowhouse that she shares with Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield—it almost feels like I'm talking to one human.