Women's Music CHAT THREAD

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I've been nattering away off-topic on Stewie's excellent thread asking for suggestions for her International Women's Day CD...so thought I would start an ongoing thread for anyone who, like me particularly enjoys music by female artists and female-fronted bands.

I'm not looking for lists of recommendations - there are two threads called Music By Women which have dozens of brilliant suggestions of artists to check out.

This is more about sharing a recent discovery (artist doesn't have to be new, though!) - a song, album, band, singer/songwriter etc. etc. that have inspired or excited you and you want to share. Or to chew the cud about anything related to women's music that catches your interest. Please join in!

So, to start, I've been hugely enjoying Beth Jeans Houghton's new album Yours Truly Cellophane Noise - although I'm a bit hmm about the artwork on the album cover. Not sure what to make of it.

StewieGriffinsMom Mon 27-Feb-12 19:01:22

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Yep, I'd agree with that Stewie. I love her music, but not quite sure what kind of image she's trying to promote.

When I've heard her interviewed she comes across as quite a thoughtful, intellectual person. Quite at odds with the more risque pictures etc. that are out there of her.

You don't have to know squat about music smile Just being interested is good enough for me!!! It's just lovely to have other people to chat to about it.

StewieGriffinsMom Mon 27-Feb-12 19:18:33

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Ooh, Lucy Ward is a new one on me. I'll have to check her out.

I had Thea Gilmore's first four or five albums (she's amazingly prolific!) but haven't really listened to her stuff since Harpo's Ghost. I wonder if becoming a mother (of two now - I think she fairly recently had her second DC) has infiltrated her songwriting?

Speaking of which, I mentioned in the other thread a song about childbirth that I always find rather moving (albeit quite quirky) - here it is:
The Turnip by This Is The Kit

StewieGriffinsMom Mon 27-Feb-12 21:20:58

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Cool! I rather like what I've heard of Sleater Kinney too.

Lucy Ward - nice! Very influenced by June Tabor, by the sound of things. Maddy and The Girls (Maddy Prior plus Rose Kemp and one other) do a rather good version of A Stitch In Time too. I do enjoy a bit of female folk music, I must say.

I'll have to go and check out Thea Gilmore's more recent stuff on Spotify - looks like everything she's done is on there.
I met her a few years back, she was very likeable.

I'm off to bed now, but here's one of my all time favourite female folk voices singing a gorgeous song
Enjoy!

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 28-Feb-12 13:12:42

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MoChan Tue 28-Feb-12 13:31:00

I added this to the other Music By Women thread but I'm feeling a bit evangelical about her - Susanne Sundfør. Only discovered her this morning but went straight out to iTunes and bought one of her albums.

I really like This Is The Kit, I saw them (her) play in Paris in about 2006, she was the support act but was WAY better than the main event.

My work is related to the music industry so I get a lot of info on new artists from press releases and colleagues... and I like to chat about music.

Ooh, good to have you aboard MoChan! And thanks for the tip!
I love the videos of This Is The Kit on YouTube where Kate and Jesse are recording the song and their toddler is wandering around doing toddler things while they do it - including twanging the odd banjo string in passing
Quite a few of the songs on Wriggle Out The Restless sound like they were inspired in some way by Kate and Jesse's daughter.

And another interesting tip, Stewie! I also enjoy music by various "world" artists (for want of a better description). The other album I got recently was ^Fatou^ by Fatoumata Diawara, who's from Mali. Really lovely stuff.

I have a feeling this thread may be bad for my bank balance smile

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 28-Feb-12 14:19:28

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Incidentally, if you like This Is The Kit, Mo, have you checked out Whalebone Polly, Kate Stables' other band (co-fronted with Rachael Dadd)? It's a mixture of Kate and Rachael's songwriting and harmonies.
There's a fair amount of overlap with their solo stuff, but the combination is lovely....

TBE Tue 28-Feb-12 15:23:59

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AliceHurled Tue 28-Feb-12 15:41:34

I posted on the other thread, but can I mention Nicola Roberts again not that I'm obsessed or anything

I really wasn't expecting much, but was persuaded by this review. She has the buds of some great feminist understanding going on, just needs to hang out on here a bit. grin

Here's a clip and another. Note the female musicians, it's something I've seen her with a lot not that I looked through a load of you tube videos honest Those two are less quirky than some of the other stuff on the album.

This was in the pop parade I believe. Love that she's talking about love dancing to the beat of her drum, rather than wailing about how she loves being abused.

Of course there's plenty of the usual crap going on around her, as expected. But I'm finding her interesting.

I've been just listening to music by women for a while. And trying to find current acts to focus on, particularly young women, as a way of supporting that voice. I keep intending to download Janelle Monae cos she looks very cool.

I can do a good 90s riot grrl talk too honest, but at the moment my focus is on current young women's voices, that buck the trend (even slightly)

Lio Tue 28-Feb-12 16:07:32

Someone at work put First Aid Kit on Spotify and I'm enjoying them: Swedish folk duo, sisters. (Ahem, I mean, they are sisters, I'm not addressing you all as 'sisters' grin)

AliceHurled Tue 28-Feb-12 16:10:05

Thanks sister grin

Ooh, thanks TBE - I'll check Wild Flag out!

....and Nicola Roberts, Alice. Cheers for the links!

Ooh, yes Lio - First Aid Kit. I heard them do a couple of live tracks on 6Music - like their songs. The Emmylou single that's out at the moment is a smashing little ditty.

Loving the recommendations, more please!!

ALERT
This Is The Kit are live in session on Marc Riley's show on BBC 6Music from 19.00 tonight

I have to say, although I find Marc Riley rather irritating as a presenter, he's clearly a lover of female vocals, he plays a lot of female-fronted stuff and gets a lot of them in live, too. I've discovered some wonderful stuff when listening to his programme. Credit where it's due, etc.

AliceHurled Tue 28-Feb-12 20:07:04

I noticed when I listen to Lauren Laverne on bbc6 there was plenty of women's voices.

I have downloaded First Aid Kit. What is with all the Kits?

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 28-Feb-12 20:12:44

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AliceHurled Tue 28-Feb-12 20:15:25

I don't do enough of it, and then wonder why I don't when I do IYSWIM

NinthWave Tue 28-Feb-12 20:16:17

Oh Inmaculada I am on my third listen to The Turnip, and I am snivelling like a wreck! It's gorgeous, thankyou for linking.

SydneyS Tue 28-Feb-12 20:25:21

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