With the likes of FKA twigs and Kelela to Lana Del Rey and Rihanna, we have seen a large amount of female artists making movements within the music industry that have captured our attention with their talent. I myself listen to a group of female musicians who tell their own stories through their songs and music videos, that I find are inspirational/empowering and mean a lot to me as such. It is fair to say that there has been a recent surge of female artists that have taken the alternative/indie music scene by storm or are offering us lush R&B/Pop vocals but still have that ‘alt’ “I don’t care what anybody else thinks” experimental edge. Here are three artists (there are loads more of course) that have caught the attention of many people, including my own, and who we can expect big things from this summer.
ABRA also known as Darkwave Duchess is signed to Awful Records, writes and produces everything herself. Although having spent most of her life in Atlanta where she is currently based, she was born and spent her childhood in London – a place which she still considers home. ABRA’s bubblegum pop lyrics and 80s pop melodies can be heard on the album Rose (2015). Its themes are dark and the beats reflect that too, as ABRA explores issues associated with loss of innocence, heartbreak and hurting. Overall Rose is a stellar accomplishment when noting the fact that ABRA has produced the entire album herself and has created the unique sound, that all in all showcases her remarkable voice so well. With the drop of her video ‘Come 4 Me‘ in May to promote her forthcoming Princess EP (to be released on July 15 via True Panther Sounds and Awful Records), it is easy to understand why she has stirred up quite a buzz. Watch the video for ‘Fruit’ below:
The New York based classically trained cellist Kelsey Lu has recently been making a name for herself. Lu who hangs out and collaborates with Dev Hynes, Solange and many other talented musicians is set to play a number of shows including British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 2nd July – headlined by Florence + The Machine, in support of her upcoming EP Church. Lu’s songs are moody and beautiful; the cinematography for her videos is stunning. In her latest video ‘Dreams’, Lu shares with us her raw talent and is able to show the comfort of embracing your own natural outer beauty and being free. The gorgeous video for ‘Morning After Coffee’ is featured below:
Coming just two years after her previous album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness which brought us a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs that received great praise, Olsen makes a bold return with a new song and video called ‘Intern’. The song features Olsen’s distinct eerie and angelic vocals as she motivates us to ‘wake up and be someone’, when she sings into the camera wearing a silvery tinsel wig in the style of a bob (only further contributing to her angelic aura) and headset, almost channeling Debbie Harry. We will soon be able to get our hands on the new album called My Woman which will be out September 2nd and is available for pre-order via Olsen’s label Jagjaguwar. Check out the video below: