Alternate titles: ‘Sisters Before Misters’ and ‘Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them’
In case the title wasn’t enough of an indication, this week’s playlist is a list of 10 songs by amazing new-ish females in music. This list came to be after I realized that a lot of my posts are about male artists in music. Sure sure, handsome men with musical talent usually make me swoon and/or make me giggly but it should be noted that I’ve met a few big time musicians this past year and played it eerily cool…I won’t mention names but one of the most exciting run-ins a few months back has an alias synonymous with Duplicate Shade (Think about it!). Anyways, men are great but this week’s playlist is set to highlight the fairer sex that I happen to be a part of. I tried to not put any women in music that you’re probably already familiar with: Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Polica, Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Aluna George, Yuna, Jessie Ware, etc. because you’ve heard a lot about them on other blogs. I really hope that my list introduces you to some artists that you may not have heard of in the past year+ of great music. If you’ve heard of them all, well LAH DEE DAH start writing a blog so I can read it
1) MØ – Pilgrim
Karen Marie Ørsted a.k.a. MØ is a Copenhagen-based electronic pop artist who is being toted as the new Grimes because the old (?) Grimes is soo….wait, I don’t know, it’s probably just because she’s young and unique. Anyways, MØ is currently working on her debut LP but to give us all a taste of what’s to come, she has released two killer tracks, Pilgrim and Maiden; It was hard to pick a favorite but the trumpet in Pilgrim is the clincher for me. Also, the video is rad in a Keep Copenhagen Weird kinda way.
Holla Holla Holllaaaaa!
2) Daughter – Smother
Elena Tonra is a 21-year-old London Songwriter whose lyrics make me want to curl up in a ball and sulk about problems that I don’t necessarily have. Elena and her band, known as Daughter, crafted a slow, building ballad with soft guitar and piano cords that hit you when you’re the most vulnerable. My poor poor heart…
I want all that is not mine
I want him but we’re not right
3) Wolf Alice – Wednesday
Wolf Alice is a London three-piece who have been getting some attention for their recent release, Leaving You, but this older track of theirs has me feeling happy. Happy it’s not Wednesday and that Friday is here?! Naw, I’m on vacation so every day feels like Friday …a Friday where I don’t have to put on my big girl pants and can dance around my condo all day. Jealous?
4) Wall – No Secrets
WALL has beautiful voice and a persistent publicity team that made sure that I heard her stuff. Well, I’m glad I did. She is a young London-based producer, writer, and vocalist who was the first to sign to the BCS record label, the founders of Black Cab Sessions. WALL is crazy talented and her raw, minimalist songs have garnered her a lot of UK attention. Keep up, America!
Your hearing is fine just turn up the volume and enjoy this pretty little ditty.
Tell me it’s not over yet…
5) Laura Mvula – Like the Morning Dew
Layered vocals, perfect instrument arrangements, and an old-school sound; it’s obvious that Laura Mvula is not your average 26-year-old singer/songwriter type. She is a classically trained with a degree in composition from the Birmingham Conservatoire. Pair that formal training with a Caribbean background (mmm jerk chicken. Sorry, it’s lunch time and my stomach is growling) and you have some of the most unique sounds I’ve heard in a while.
6) Bago – I Forget You
Bago, not to be confused with the bread product with a hole in the middle (the stupidest), is a Los Angeles R&B singer who released an EP called Sunday’s Best back in August. The album is produced solely by The Hundreds’ rapper/producer Alexander Spit. Bago describes her tunes as music for the screwed, blued, and tattooed but I know from experience that the lucky, happy, and tattoo-less can enjoy this too. This is the standout track on the album; Her soulful, emotional vocals and his heavy baseline make it a song you won’t soon forget.
7) Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune (Feat. Christine Hoberg)
Flight Facilities are a buzzworthy DJ duo from Australia…but they are two dudes so that’s all I’m going to say about them in this female focused blog post. Their new single features an epic string section and the stunning vocals of Christine Hoberg. She is a singer and composer from Lake Superior, WI who is currently making music in Brooklyn, NY; her debut album is coming out sometime in the new year. According to Christine’s FB fan page, a few of her “interests” include red lipstick, long messy hair, and thrift store finds. Hold up, she sounds like me! Plus, I’ve spent a lot of time at Lake Superior so basically we could be best friends.
8) Trixie Whitley – Breathe You In My Dreams
Her Voice!!! That is all.
Alright alright, I’ll give you some details because like me, you probably aren’t pairing this voice with a 25-year-old fair-skinned blonde. Trixie Whitley is a Belgium-born musician who spent much of her early years split between Ghent, Belgium and New York City. She started playing drums at 10, she was touring Europe with several theater companies at 11, she was touring with a renowned dance company and became the youngest resident DJ in Europe at 14 (crazy!). From age 17 on, she has been recording, performing, and perfecting her craft; Trixie’s first full-length record is set to be released in early 2013.
In summary: She is probably cooler than you and definitely cooler than me.
9) Sóley – Pretty Face
Sóley Stefánsdóttir (just try to say that name correctly) is a multi-instrumentalist from Iceland who is a member of the six-piece band Seabear. She discovered her vocal talents just five years ago and now she’s doing her own amazing solo thing under the title Sóley. There are so many wonderful tracks but this is the song that got me hooked on her music so I had to share the video. The candle fingers and spinning of a large knife in her hand scene is reaaaaally creepy but while freaking me out, she manages to make me second guess my boycott of the high bun…so there’s that.
Sóley is going to be at SXSW in March and so will Wait And Scene! Geðveikt!
10) Empress Of – Champagne
From what I can gather, nobody knows all that much about Empress Of except that she is Brooklyn-based Lorely Rodriguez and she is pumping out really impressive (errr…empress of) tracks lately. A couple months ago, she released a series on YouTube known as Colourminutes in which she paired colors with 15 recorded snippets of her new songs. Supes hipster stuff! Then, about a month ago, she released this weird-o-rama video that is a close-up of her eating a watermelon and not in the most dainty way…because that’s what the song is about, right? No. Whatever.
I plan on putting her advice to practice in a few days on NYE and I suggest you do the same.
Don’t spill champagne all on yourself tonight.