Girlpuppy—the musical moniker of 21-year-old Becca Harvey—has shared her new single “Cheerleader.” Co-written over voice memos with Marshall Vore (Phoebe Bridgers) and Ruby Henley, and produced remotely by Vore, the song follows the late April release of her single “For You.” “It’s ironic that my first song was a love song, and this is a breakup song, and they’re both about the same person,” explains the Atlanta, Georgia-based Harvey. “I wrote this about how I just want my dog back from my ex.”
An evocative, heart-rending portrait of a broken relationship, “Cheerleader” unfolds through Harvey’s gossamer vocals. The song’s indelible, undulating melody is bolstered by accents of synth, 12-string guitar, vocal harmonies, and punctuating drums—courtesy of Vore, Henley, and Charlie Hickey, who here act as her backing band. Harvey first began writing songs as early as middle school, and grew up wanting to be either Hannah Montana or Taylor Swift. But she decided to make something of her own, and now makes music that sounds nothing like her childhood influences.
Girlpuppy heads back into the studio next month; for the meanwhile, let “Cheerleader” and “For You” (also recorded with Vore, and featuring guitar from Harrison Whitford) steal their way into your head and heart.