A few female artists to listen for

We all know that insatiable feeling of being hungry for new music. I usually find myself attempting to refresh my musical knowledge with my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist, only to revert back to my months-old “recently played” on iTunes. If I know anything, I can assume I’m not the only one on campus going through this. So here are two artists that have been coming out with incredible new music—and who also happen to be all female. Although the idea of a so-called “girl band” can be problematic, it’s still important to give some serious recognition to all-female groups that continue to push the boundaries of musical talent.

Consisting of members Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar), Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Ade Martin (bass), and Amber Grimbergen (drums), Hinds is known for its garage rock indie style. You may recognize it by a previous name, Deers, which had to be changed in 2014 due to legal complications. Despite this obstacle, Deers was still praised by many critics and has received even more attention after changing its name to Hinds.

Released on January 8, their debut Long Playing (LP) album “Leave Me Alone” is an ode to being young. Music expert Zoe Gaffney ’16 says of Hinds, “Their album is one of the best of 2016; I listen to it literally every day. I’m a freak.” With a bouncy and energetic sound, it will take you right back to those daydreamy high school days: staring out the window in class, carpooling or taking the bus in the morning, and amateur cigarette smoking come to mind. Amidst the messy instrumentals, their music has a dreamy, calm feel, and it allows you to let go of your thoughts.

As music critic Katie Presley puts it perfectly: “Hinds has an excellent grip on its particular brand of hazy, jangly music, and uses the razor’s edge between mellow and melancholy to maximum effect” (NPR). A complicated description, but it kind of only makes sense after you listen to the music. Their lyrics are catchy, and sung in broken English with some Spanish phrases thrown in here and there.

One of my personal favorite songs on the album is “Garden,” which has a really catchy music video to go along with it. Another is “Warts.” The title is just as fun as the lyrics: “She acts too crazy/ Absurdly wild/Always ready for a winky/She always burns her warts.” Some other personal picks are the more intense “San Diego” and muffled “I’ll Be Your Man”. They’re already on world tour, and I can tell that Hinds is only going to gain more traction with “Leave Me Alone”.

At the end of 2015, British rap- per Little Simz (born Simbi Ajikawo) released her debut album “A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons” through her own independent record label, AGE: 101 Music. She has received praise left and right from critics and fellow musicians such as Kendrick Lamar, who said that she “might be the illest doing now” (BBC Radio). Meanwhile, she made the FORBES 30 Under 30 Europe list. The best (or scariest) part of all of this is that she’s only 21, i.e. either younger or the same age as roughly half of Colby students. This might be due to the early start she had rapping and rhyming in class and performing in youth clubs—not to mention writing her first song at age ten.

Listening to “A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons” will do nothing but make you feel extremely badass. With electronic waves and a perfectly heavy bass, her music stays dark and maintains a steady coldness. While her lyrics are smart and concise, I think the sounds are what differentiate it from other music that might be considered similar. No song is like the other, as she portrays different characters throughout the album. She always leaves you wanting more. Handsdown best song on this album is “Dead Body”, which has a chilling video to go with it. Try “Gratitude” and “Intervention”, too.

These women are only a few in a growing pool of amazing female musicians, but I’m sure that their music reflects some of what is happening in the world of music. Hinds and Little Simz clearly know what they’re doing, and people are starting to notice. They are fresh not only in their sound, but in their entire presentation—think videos, live performance, and interviews. Both artists seem to be very powerful and totally wild, which is exactly what their music evokes.