For Women’s History Month, I sought out new (and reconnected with some old) female artists, and I’ve compiled a list of my favorites. For this list, I decided just to choose current underrated and/or unknown artists. Hopefully I can introduce you to some new tunes, and if you already know these artists, then congratulations, you have great taste.
Listening to Raveena is like taking a moment to feel at peace. Her voice and instrumentals exude femininity, which she’s expressed is something she tries to tap into while making music. My personal favorites are “Temptation” and “Honey.” It’s incredibly hard to describe these songs because they just feel ethereal and other-worldly. I think listening to Raveena can unlock a power and delicacy in everyone, especially women.
Listening to FKA Twigs is like ripping your heart out. One of her most famous songs, “Cellophane,” is so raw and emotional that the vocal imperfections and sharp tones add to its power. Her more up-beat songs combine intense beats with her light voice for a distinctive sound. My favorite thing about FKA Twigs is that she puts the full weight of her emotions into her art, which can be felt through the music.
Ojerime’s music takes inspiration from 90’s R&B, but with a modern twist. Ojerime’s four albums and additional singles are transportive; listening makes you feel like you are going back in time about 20 years. Her airy vocals about sex, drugs, mental health and love combined with the intense beats make for a unique combination. My personal favorite from her is “Moisturise” from the 2018 album “4U.”
Annie DiRusso has a shorter discography, but those few songs are still impressive. I enjoy DiRusso’s guitar work, which is featured in most of her indie-rock music. I generally don't listen to rock, but DiRusso’s lyricism and unique voice make me want to hear more. My favorite song by DiRusso is the youthful-feeling “Coming Soon.”
Yebba has a soulful, deep voice with incredible range. In her 2021 album “Dawn,” she shows off her vocal techniques and mixes them with a sorrowful, and sometimes angry, tone. The music itself is diverse, as she employs a variety of instruments and obscure sounds into her songs. My personal favorites from her are “All I Ever Wanted” and “October Sky.”
“Collapsed In Sunbeams” is Arlo Park’s latest album, and it has no skips. Just like the rest of Parks’ music, it is clean and effortless. There is something so simple about her music — smooth vocals, catchy beats and clever lyrics — that make all of her music such an easy listen. Additionally, Parks has a sense of humility that transcends through her art; she makes music because she loves it, and that makes the music all the better.
Dana McCoy’s voice is smooth and effortless, and combined with her relatable lyrics about love and heartbreak, each song is a great listen. While listening to her more upbeat songs, like “Night After Night” and “Subscriptions,” I can’t help but nod my head to the beat and sing along. And during her sad songs, like “Fall,” I just listen to the emotion and power she emits through her voice. McCoy’s discography is not long, but it’s worth a listen.
Faye Webster’s music is simple yet emotional. Her voice and the accompanying calm melodies make for a youthful and girly feel. Webster’s conversational lyrics are intimate. In my favorite Faye Webster songs, “Jonny” and “Right Side of My Neck,” Webster sings directly to someone, which adds to the intimacy and overall experience.
Okay Kaya’s lyricism is unparalleled. Her songs are deeply introspective, and they make me think and feel unfamiliar emotions. Additionally, her vocal changes from deep and powerful to high and light make for a unique listening experience. My personal favorite from her is “Habitual Love,” but choosing a favorite was not an easy choice.
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Cornelia Murr’s music takes a modern spin on a 70’s feel. Her soft voice floats over the melody, creating a dream-like experience. My favorite song from her is “I Have A Woman Inside My Soul,” but “Man On My Mind” is a close second. I can’t help but sway back and forth and move my head while listening to her simple yet effective tones.
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