(I think that’s my best blog post title yet.)
2016 was a fantastic year in music made by women.
So, to continue our Women’s History Month festivities, here are some groovy records made by groovy women from the past year.
A Seat at the Table | Solange
I’m trying really hard not to use too many exclamation marks, so just visualize a hundred of them littering this page and you’ll understand how I feel about Solange’s 2016 release.
I’m probably not the first person to order you to listen to A Seat at the Table; in fact, you’ve probably already been blasting this masterpiece since it dropped in September.
This album oozes feeling and soul. It deals with hope and depression, with family and culture. It’s perfectly melancholy and optimistic.
Highlights: Cranes in the Sky, Rise, F.U.B.U
Puberty 2 | Mitski
If you’ve been following Mitski for a while, you know she’s unapologetically herself. Now take that, and amplify it by… a lot. That’s what Puberty 2 is for me.
It’s simultaneously vulnerable and guarded, carefree and melancholy, so so dreamy. Her wistful voice in particular is what made me fall in love with her music. Pair that with gritty guitar, and it’s golden.
Highlights: Your Best American Girl (her performance on Colbert was killer), A Burning Hill
You Know What It’s Like | Carla dal Forno
According to the title track’s YouTube video, dal Forno’s album is “an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub… Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground… Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.”
Haunting vocals, ominous percussion, another kind of electronic. This album is great for spooky, witchy study nights.
Highlights: honestly, just listen to the whole thing.
Until the Hunter | Hope Sandoval and the Warm Intentions
I have loved Hope Sandoval since my timely discovery of Mazzy Star early in high school. She blew me away with her stretching, drawling vocals. She had this stage persona that was honestly ~*goals*~.
So when I rediscovered her last year, I was happy to find Until the Hunter. She’s still as dreamy, witchy, and haunting as ever on this album, which is filled with understated acoustic tracks and some chill, the-sun-is-setting-so-I’ll-just-lie-down songs.
Highlights: Let Me Get There (ft. Kurt Vile), The Peasant
Who are your fave women in music?