Before the World Was Big, folk-punk duo Girlpool was defined by the intimacy of its sound, the closeness of its harmonies. The voices of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad intertwined so seamlessly that the effect was a nearly unified consciousness, echoing the tightness of youthful female friendship. After a couple years of touring and testing out New York and Philly, the two have moved back to their native L.A. They’ve also transitioned out of DIY self-release, putting out their second album, Powerplant, with Anti- Records. The musicians, who are in their early twenties, have also expanded their sound to include drums, but the extra fuzz doesn’t interfere with their vulnerable, imperfect harmonies. Rather, the production suggests that the world around Girlpool has, in fact, gotten bigger, and Tucker and Tividad are finding their place in it.
With its 2015 debut,