Garfunkel and ran forward through the music of Girlyman's mentors, the Indigo Girls. Their music has a lovely bittersweet quality that's imprinted on the listener's brain with long strings of bouncy rhyming lines that explode into the shimmering colors of really intricate trio harmonies.
Girlyman consists of two women, Tylan Greenstein and Doris Muramatsu (who met in second grade in New Jersey), and one man, Nate Borofsky. The name is a protean thing with various meanings: it signifies the makeup of the group, the sheer fun that is the dominant tone in their music, and the members' longtime sense of never fitting in. Girlyman proceeded as planned with their first rehearsal on September 11, 2001, a topic that shows up in passing in their songs (which is how most of us think about it by now), and they all moved into the same Brooklyn apartment. "We all kind of fell in love," Borofsky says, "and had this creative explosion." All three write songs and sing lead, accompanied by guitars or a banjo and often by a djembe, the ubiquitous West African drum that's so much more articulate than the bongos of yore.