I feel really amped about this post. I’ve discovered some really great new music over the past month and I want to share it because I love music. And I love you guys. And I want to mash the two togetha 4ever.
One thing all these artists have in common is they are WOMEN. Yes, women. That’s why I am especially amped because I love women. In more ways than one. I love being able to relate to the music I listen to, and although I love listening to dudes shred and croon, there’s something about a woman behind the mic/guitar/insert instrument here that makes my body go electric.
For those of you that don’t know me, I enjoy listening to all genres of music (even country sometimes), but the common thread that has run throughout my entire existence has been alternative/folk/acoustic/indie music. The first girl I ever loved shaped my musical taste in so many ways and she introduced me to so many sub genres of alternative rock, so I am forever thankful for that. I’ve also always had a thing for bands headed up by women. I used to blast The Donna’s (an all girl rock band) through my middle school bedroom stereo. Also where are The Donna’s now?
I’ve also found that over the years my musical taste at certain points in my life is mirrored by what I am experiencing at the time. I like sad music when I’m feeling sad and hype music when I’m feeling hype. Currently, I’m on month 5 of a breakup (we were together for 2 years) and although it seems to get easier as time goes by, sometimes it still really sucks. So if you are going through something similar this music might mean something to you. And even if you aren’t going through something similar, I might be introducing you to one of your new favorite artists!
- Julia Nunes, Some Feelings.
I’ve been following Julia Nunes for a while now. A few years ago I stumbled upon a Youtube video of her playing a ukulele cover of “If I Ain’t Got You” originally by Alicia Keys and I was hooked. She is in a word amazing. She is not new to the music scene, she has five albums out right now. The most recent one is appropriately titled, Some Feelings and was released on September 25, 2015. I am a little late to the party (almost a year, ouch!), but I can’t even begin to express how much I love this album. Every track seems to have this unique rawness that just hits me right in the heart. ALL THE FEELS. It is also super duper relatable because most of the album is about recovering and moving on from a break up. Julia identifies as a lesbian, so there’s another layer of relatability for me. She is releasing an all acoustic version of Some Feelings this month, so be on the lookout! Check her out!
Favorite tracks: That Was Us, Make Out, Fondly Enough.
2. Lucy Dacus, No Burden.
I discovered Lucy Dacus on an NPR Tiny Desk Concert video on Youtube (check out my last post for more on Tiny Desk concerts). I was instantly drawn to her energy and the lightness of her voice. She sounds like a more rock driven version of Zooey Deschanel of the band She & Him. The airy quality of her voice and the staunch riffs of her guitar give her some edge. Her tracks almost have a dreamy quality to them. I also loves that she shreds guitar (the technicality of some of the guitar work on her album is insane!). I know I love an artist when I can listen to their entire album all the way through without skipping any songs and that is exactly what I did with her. I also know I love an artist when I feel the urge to look up where/when they are touring immediately after listening to a few songs. I bought tickets to her Houston show on my birthday and I’m psyched about it! Excited to see her live. Check her outtttt.
Favorite tracks: Direct Address, I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore, Strange Torpedo.
3. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
Courtney Barnett has been popular for the past year or so, but again I am late to the party! She’s an Australian one woman band and she is seriously so cool. Like I want to be Courtney Barnett. From clap tracks to crazy guitar solos, she does it all. Her voice is also very unique and most of her music is pretty upbeat. She kind of sounds like the female version of The Clash. I had been kind of on the fence about her a few months ago when I first heard her music because she is a little brash and a little glaring at times, but I’ve found the heat in it. Also her song “Elevator Operator” was on President Obama’s playlist. I heart Barack people. After seeing that, I knew I needed to give her a second chance. She is blunt and raw, but I like it. She also identifies as a lesbian, so again more common ground. I will promote the crap out of queer artists. ALL DAMN DAY. Give her a listen!
Favorite tracks: An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York), Small Poppies, Elevator Operator.
4. Alex Lahey, B-Grade University.
I know virtually nothing about Alex Lahey other than she is from Australia and she fucking rocks. She also has this dreamy quality to her voice that isn’t too harsh, it just kind of floats you through the songs. She sounds like a female version of Mac Demarco. Think Salad Days, but way cooler. She’s got what I like to call boardwalk guitar in some of her songs, just a beachy sound that you would listen to on a stroll down a boardwalk with the sea breeze blowing your hair back. That sounds amazing. I stumbled upon her through some of my favorite musicians, Tegan and Sara. They were recently on tour in Australia and snap chatted that they couldn’t stop listening to Alex Lahey, so I decided to check her out. I’m so glad I did. B-Grade University is just an EP of sorts, only 5 songs so hopefully she puts more songs out soon!
Favorite tracks: Let’s Go Out, You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me
5. Margaret Glaspy, Emotions and Math.
I just discovered Margaret Glaspy a few days ago on the Instagram discover page (I guess it is good for something!) and she just released an NPR Tiny Desk Concert video. Her album Emotions and Math was released back in April, so she is fairly new to the scene. She is something special fam. Her voice is a mix between Alanis Morrisette and Janis Joplin. She has this 90’s alternative rock quality mixed with a raw raspiness and it just works. Hard guitar riffs and strong vocals drive her album. I have a feeling she is going to become very popular over the course of the next year because no one sounds like her right now. Look out for her!
Favorite tracks: Emotions and Math, You and I, You Don’t Want Me, Black is Blue
Hopefully this post has opened your eyes to some new music or exposed you to music you don’t normally listen to. All of their music can be found on Spotify and Youtube. Enjoy!