Commentary: independent female artists you should listen to


March is Women’s History Month, and this month we’re focusing on the incredible women making music in the industry. Specifically, women who make music in the indie genre. Here are some artists you should add to your morning playlist, your commute, or any other playlist that will get you all feeling.

Everyone should have an eye on Kilo Kish. She is a Pratt Institute graduate freelance artist. Entering the industry with his debut single, “Navy”, Kish is a force to be reckoned with. Working closely with Vince Staples, she appears on “Love Can Be…” on his second studio album “Big Fish Theory”. also vocalizes throughout the album.

She has also worked with Childish Gambino. It was featured in “ghost” on Kish’s 2013 album “K+”. The song opens with a strange distorted ghost sample. Gambino and Kish rap flirtatiously to experimental beats. She recently released a new single, titled “NO APOLOGY!” Kish harmonizes over electronic synth beats with heartbroken lyrics. The single is a teaser for her upcoming album “American Gurl,” which will be released later this month.

Cherry Glazerr is another solid female artist to add to your heartbreaking playlist. With soulful, sultry lyrics over grungy bass guitar, singer Clementine Creevy’s angst engulfs her listeners in a world of passion and pain.

Their 2019 album “Stuffed & Ready” expresses the ups and downs of relationships and the mental damage that ensues. She featured on Willow Smith’s new album “lately I feel EVERYTHING” on the song “¡BREAKOUT!” Cherry Glazerr is currently on tour supporting Alt-J and Portugal.The Man.

HAIM, an independent group, brings a refreshing twist to the genre. With R&B and rock influences, the sister trio brings a new sound to the stage. Their first album, “Days Are Gone”, plays with 80s pop and breathless lyricism. However, HAIM have been versatile and experimental with their sound. Their latest album, “Women in Music Part III”, premiered on Zoom around the onset of the pandemic in late 2019 and early 2020. The album is filled with heavy bass guitar strings and catchy beats over engaging country influences. the listener and make him want to Continue.

Slow Pulp, led by singer Emily Massey, is a group that mimics the sound of current indie music. Massey sings lightheartedly over heavy shoegaze (a subgenre of indie and alternative rock) and lo-fi influenced tracks. Slow Pulp takes the listener on a journey with melancholic and dreamy lyrics. They recently released a new single, “In Too Deep”, an independent version of pop-punk group Sum 41’s hit single of the same name. Slow Pulp was scheduled to go on tour in late 2019 before the pandemic limited travel. Over time, the group released the singles “Deleted Scenes” and “Shadow” to keep fans anticipating new music to come.

These are just a few independent female artists defying the odds in a male-dominated genre. They continue to pave the way for more women to make music in this genre and make it more acceptable for women to enter male-dominated genres because representation matters.

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