Girlpool’s Harmony Tividad Goes Electronic

The Girlpool member’s new solo single, ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary,’ has an eerie electronic cool

You might know Harmony Tividad as one half of the Philly-based indie-pop duo Girlpool, whose songs call to mind Kimya Dawson and early Tegan & Sara. Hushed, hopeful lyrics like “I'm still looking for sureness in the way I say my name” defined their 2015 debut album, Before The World Was Big. Best friends and always in-sync bandmates, Girlpool ground their easygoing acoustic instrumentals with Tividad and bandmate Cleo Tucker's arrestingly intertwined vocals.

Girlpool is a minimalist band. Their live performances and recordings don't include much more than Tucker and Tividad on bass and guitar; they seem to pick a few simple chords for each song and stick with them. So Tividad's latest, self-released solo single, “What Chaos Is Imaginary,” is an intriguing departure from the aesthetic of Girlpool, wrapping her whispered vocals in froggy electronic beats and keyboards. It's something she's tried out before, in the form of a demo last year called “Purple Soft,” but “What Chaos Is Imaginary” is far more refined. The lo-fi track plays more in line with The Blow’s early work or Mirah — squeakily imperfect electro-pop with plenty of folksy heart. Tividad's layered falsetto gives her fragmented lyrics an eerie, almost menacing quality. “In the bleachers, a god teaches about what's worth knowing,” she sings sweetly, as her warped drum kit pummels underneath. “A bland candy scheme, building yourself boundaries just to kill your dreams.”