The Era Of Female Rock: 10 Fresh Albums Worth Hearing

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The Era Of Female Rock: 10 Fresh Albums Worth Hearing
The Era Of Female Rock: 10 Fresh Albums Worth Hearing
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women in rock music have always tried singled out as a separate genre, the question of whether it is worth perceiving female rock as an independent phenomenon has disappeared only recently, and by no means out of ethical considerations. In the past few years, almost all high-profile take-offs have been associated with women's groups, we have already written about many of them. Even more - if you hear a good new rock album, it will most likely be written by a woman. Women occupy more than half of the rating of the best rock albums of last year according to Pitchfork, and the title of the unconditionally best release (for some reason almost unnoticed in Russia) belongs to Mitski's "Be the Cowboy". Here are ten good female rock albums released over the past year - for those who already know the names Courtney Barnett and Mitski and want something new.

Text: Artyom Sokolov

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Lush

At nineteen, Lindsay Jordan played in the men's hockey team, released an album on the Matador label, went on her first European tour and rightfully became one of today's main indie rock stars.

It's no coincidence that Pitchfork has long referred to her as "the wisest indie rock teen we know." The debut album "Lush" turned out to be deep, musically pure, but incredibly emotional at the same time. Fiona Apple, Paramore and Cat Power had a serious influence on Lindsay, so with her record she sends us back to the mid-90s, aiming at the hearts of the nostalgic. She shares the first results of growing up: the first love has passed, but every now and then it pops up in her memory, because of which she cannot love someone else or really concentrate on herself. However, in her texts there are many doubts and questions of self-identification that exist beyond age and gender: "Do I need to talk about my feelings?" and "Is it worth changing yourself for someone else's sake?" Everything turns over (or falls into place) in "Full Control", where the singer claims that she knows exactly what she wants.

Another important detail of "Lush" is the strong guitar parts, written and perfectly aligned by Lindsay herself, who learned to play the guitar before she started school. Powerful and changeable, like a teenage mood, they make you pay attention to the disc and make "Pristine" and "Heat Wave" the main hits.

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Free Cake for Every Creature

The bluest star

Katie Bennett was first seriously talked about in 2016, when Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield included her album Talking Quietly of Anything with You in his list of the best for the year. And last year's "The Bluest Star" turned out to be so slender and touching that it broke through the strongest emotional walls. However, the success of the DIY record may have been fatal: after returning from her first full-fledged tour of North America and Europe, Katy announced the termination of the project. In "The Bluest Star," Bennett speaks to the listener in the language he understands as best he can: a young student drives an old minivan without any pretensions, steals books from the library and is not shy about her friends.

feelings. Katie sings about deadlines, about how she wants to sleep in the morning, she counts stops when driving from work - this is not a new technique, but only in the last couple of years has already made Mitski and Angel Olsen popular. "Said you got a ticket from speeding to see me" is the most revealing line of Katie Bennett's album.

And even if musically it does not offer a lot of variety (and the sound in places is similar to Electrelane), but is it so important in the case of a clean and honest conversation from the heart?

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Stella donnelly

Beware of the Dogs

No sooner had Stella Donnelly's debut album been released than she was immediately compared to her compatriot Courtney Barnett for an allegedly similar lyrical picture. Yes, in "Beware of the Dogs" there are songs about an annoying mosquito and an unbearable boss that cannot be avoided, but that doesn't mean anything.

Donnelly appeared in the media space two years ago with the song "Boys Will Be Boys" about victims of sexual violence, which for many became the anthem of #MeToo, which was just gaining momentum.The debut LP also has a socio-political context: abuse, objectification, mental disorders, racism and violence - the Australian speaks to the listener on topical topics, empathizing and expressing solidarity, and not using trauma pragmatically.

Despite its rather serious overtones, "Beware of the Dogs" is an extremely witty piece. Under the naive "Watching Telly," she hides her reflections on objectification, and in "Lunch" she pokes fun at her newfound rock star status and busy schedule.

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Camp cope

How to Socialize and How to Make Friends

"Tell me again how there just aren’t that many girls in the music scene?" - Asks Georgia "Mac" MacDonald, breaking into a scream in her new album. Camp Cope is also from Australia, they are almost unknown outside the continent, and their music is also saturated with feminism, but in a more radical manner - that is why it is punk rock. The girls took up actionism long before #MeToo: in 2016 they took to the stage in T-shirts with the words “The Person Wearing This T-Shirt Stands Against Sexual Assault and Demands a Change”, protesting against harassment at concerts and festivals. Courtney Barnett and Alex Lai subsequently joined the action. The new disc will not help to find new friends, but it will become an excellent companion in thinking about life. "How to Socialize" at first glance may seem like a frivolous teen rock with songs about how to get over a breakup, but suddenly there is a detailed story about the experience of sexual abuse and the saga of a dying father in front of his eyes, filled with details and memories such as the doctor's call and the need pay extra for a hospital room with a picturesque view.

By the second full-length album, Mac finally finds harmony with his own voice, making it a real trump card of Camp Cope and as close as possible to classic female rock, while remaining absolutely relevant.

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Soccer Mommy

Clean

A strange pseudonym (which, by the way, does not have any meaning) is not the only thing that makes you pay attention to Sophie Ellison. The musician grew up in Nashville, listened to Avril Lavigne, was friends with the guys from the local punk scene, from childhood she dreamed of doing something of her own, but was afraid of condemnation. In 2015, Sophie posted several songs on Bandcamp, where they lay for more than six months, and no one really listened to them. And finally, she calls Mitski the main source of inspiration.

But everything connected with the content of her first studio album "Clean" is much more interesting. While Sophie Ellison's “Your Dog” is the perfect anthem to fight sexism and objectification, her songs

rather about self-determination. There are also many doubts and constant comparisons of yourself with others: Allison is only twenty years old. The singer herself explains in an interview that most of the songs on the album are about failed relationships: “It happens that the love and care that a person gives you just does not suit you emotionally, although there is nothing toxic and offensive about him, it’s just not that, what you need right now."

At the same time, the level of romance in Soccer Mommy's music is higher than that of most modern songwriters, it is quite enough to feel the reality of love.

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Lucy dacus

Historian

The close friendship with Julien Baker has a serious impact on the music of Lucy Dakas, another young performer with Matador: she has become darker and more imaginative, but no less human. Moreover, Daikas does not deviate from his main mission - to make rock less aggressive and rid it of dirty stereotypes like drugs and promiscuous sex with fans on tour.

Historian sounds like a big live album with enough freedom to bring today's mood off the stage. Daikas works great with images, building the world around and trying to fit himself into it, or, conversely, to distance himself. According to the singer herself, the main theme of the entire disc is the feeling of hope that moves each of us. And in general, "Historian" is to a large extent an album about rationality in feelings and relationships.

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Black belt eagle scout

Mother of my children

Queer feminist Catherine Paul grew up on the Washington Swine Reservation and absorbed her native and grunge in the same way.

culture by watching videotapes and listening to Hole on repeat. She plays guitar and drums, which allows her not to depend on anyone to write music.

The full-fledged debut album "Mother of My Children" was made during the first serious romance with a woman and a confrontation with the family. The album's opening "Soft Stud" sounds like the perfect 90s grunge, thanks to the rattling guitars, and speaks of how fragile and defenseless love in queer couples is. The musician makes it clear how important this relationship is for her, repeating the words many times, the line “without you” in the title track sounds especially touching.

Despite its powerful musical background, Mother of My Children is a very elegant and empathetic album, showing loss and blurring the lines between sadness and love.

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boygenius

boygenius EP

The supergroup of the aforementioned Lucy Dakas, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, rock heroines of recent years, is the result of long correspondence discussing the novels of Henry James. So different, the girls found harmony and found in each other everything that they seemed to lack in solo recordings.

Boygenius's first recording, an EP of six songs, can be described as modern country, challenging both stereotypes about young rock singers and the traditional genre itself. The lyrics contain a lot of denial and intricate images that girls use to disagree with reality. Lucy Dyckas' simple but rather powerful guitar parts only enhance the effect.

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gobbinjr

Ocala wick

Marijuana enthusiast Emma Whitmer takes life with humor, and in her songs discusses the trappings of adulthood - like the need to be effective at work or sexism - with adolescent spontaneity. Whitmer also categorically does not want to be a "woman in music" and uses Twitter as a booking agent.

The second full length album "Ocala Wick" is titled with the inscription on a vintage baseball cap that Emma found shortly before the release of the record. And this is another creative principle - to give critics the opportunity to speculate about "hidden meanings", which in fact do not exist. Ocala Wick is a multi-genre journey into a world where nothing seems to really upset: peppy

indie rock in Afraid of Me about how sometimes you want to stay in bed and not go to work, melancholic pop in Sorry Charlie dedicated to a childhood friend who committed suicide, and modern folk in Friends about best friend to take home. The irony and determination with which Whitmer approaches the matter are very infectious: it is worth listening to her voice and the degree of internal problems decreases.

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CHAI

Punk

The Japanese punk band has released their second awesome album in a year and a half, masterfully mixing English and Japanese lyrics. It's funny that CHAI is not an abbreviation or an intricate Japanese character.

with several meanings, but the usual Russian "tea": one of the members of the group often drank tea with her Russian university professor.

In the album "Punk", girls go even more into the theme of feminism: "I’m Me" as the quintessence of slogans, "Fashionista" as a protest against fake attractiveness and consumerism. CHAI sounded like a little more confident HAIM, not a bit shy and even allowing themselves to release a song with four-letter lyrics of their own group's name. Loud synthesizers, vigorous punk melodies and a chaotic transition from one language to another, which is sometimes quite difficult to grasp - this is what perhaps the most distinctive modern rock group looks like.

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