Indigo De Souza
This North Carolina native perfectly captures the deep emotional state of being young and in love or being young and out of love. Her authentic vocals coupled with electric guitar riffs and intense drumming transport listeners into her mind where they experience the full range of emotion she expresses.
Her sophomore album, “Any Shape You Take,” follows a full range of emotions from joy to heartbreak to sorrow. The album expertly crafts the human experience. There will be joy and there will be sorrow in life and sometimes they can occur at the same time. De Souza doesn’t shy away from combining the two contentious emotions into one album, and the result is a genuine outlook on the pains and happiness of life.
Her guttural, zealous vocals often reach a crescendo of outright screaming with yearning. It seems De Souza’s only way to express her feelings behind the lyrics is through incoherent, bloodcurdling sounds. Don’t let the intensity of her vocals steer you away from her work. Her masterful lyrics and trembling voice will leave you shaken to the core but in the best way possible.
Genre: Indie rock
Song picks: Real Pain, Pretty Pictures, Bad Dream
Though not technically a single artist, Boygenius is an indie rock convergence of three independent artists, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Formed in 2018, the trio each came to the group with a pre existing foundation and fandom from their solo work. The group formed due to the artists’ respect and admiration for the others’ work. When the band started, each woman was under the age of 25 with similar careers and experiences within the music industry. The three friends came together to create this EP as a celebration of their work and a convergence of their unique, individual sounds.
The six track EP, “Boygenius,” combines the differing genres and sounds that the individual artists create in their solo work. The result? A deeply emotional reflection on love, fame and disillusionment with your past self. Bridgers, Dacus and Baker are masterful lyricists in their own right and the talent shines through in their collective group. The group works because each artist has her own unique sound, so the EP doesn’t sound like a repeat of each artist. Baker brings in vocal forward music that is coupled with Dacus’ amplified electric guitar riffs. Bridgers ties it together with dark, hypnotic lyrics.
Since its creation, Boygenius has held a name of its own separate from the individual artist’s work. However, Dacus, Baker and Bridgers create incredible solo work that reflects their independent sound and deserves just as much attention as their collective work receives.
Genre: Indie rock, alternative folk
Song picks: Souvenir, Salt In The Wound (There’s six songs on the EP and they all deserve a listen)
So there it is – a starting list of female indie artists to listen to if you want to diversify your listening habits. This is not an all-encompassing list, and hopefully it will kickstart your journey into the female led indie music scene.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
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