For When Lorde’s “Royals” Isn’t Enough: Four More Gems from Young Female Artists

LORDE. She’s from New Zealand, she’s only 16, she’s amazing. Her hit single “Royals” is everywhere. I hear it three times a day – at least once of my own volition. I’m also now obsessed with her song, “The Love Club.”

If you love your Lorde goodness and want more, here are four songs I recommend.

1. “Warm Water” by Banks. Delicate touch; strong mood. Plus, sexy artsy video. Go!

2. “Primadonna” by Marina and the Diamonds. We love our Marina and the Diamonds around here.  Kicky sassy pop song, in true Marina style.

3. “Okay Cupid” by Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde). Effortless laid back rhymes from the least-expected source. I bet in the early days of hip hop no one anticipated decades later a white Florida girl would be rapping about boys.

4. “Oblivion” by Grimes. Are you on the Grimes fan train yet? I hope so. She’s a little creepy – but good creepy, like Twin Peaks. “Oblivion” is the gateway Grimes video, but if you want more, I also like “Genesis” and “Crystal Ball.”

And if and while you’re going down the Grimes rabbit hole, please do stop by and witness the spectacle that is Brooke Candy. Grimes lists her as a muse, and she shows up on Charli XCX stuff too. Jordan is convinced it’s performance art, but I’m not so sure.

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2 Responses to For When Lorde’s “Royals” Isn’t Enough: Four More Gems from Young Female Artists

  1. Julia says:

    Hi Avajan! Nice post. Soo…I went down the Brooke Candy rabbit hole…wow. Here’s my fave part of her wikipedia page-”Candy forsakes the comparisons, commenting that Stefani, Minaj, and Lady Gaga draw influence from underground culture while never participating in it. Candy criticized Gaga for hiring agents to photograph attendees of an East L.A. club called “Rhonda” and emulating their style.” Rhonda! Now you have to go. I have to say, she’s quite the character, but I find her rapping much easier to listen to than Kitty’s rap/talking. And, she’s kinda witty-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jov_fcWNJI0
    -Jules

    • Ava says:

      Hi Jules!

      I love that you explored Brooke Candy – she’s fascinating, right? I recently went to a Rhonda party and the fashion was definitely inspiring, so much so that waiting outside in line and checking everyone out was just as fun as getting inside and dancing. I hope next time I can run into Brooke Candy there ;)

      Also, I do think she makes an interesting point about appropriations from underground culture. Stefani in particular has run into trouble with cultural appropriation too (Bindis, Harajuku) … I’ll have to think about the similarities and differences. At some point, aren’t we all wearing clothes inspired by underground culture, whether it’s dance/club culture or arts culture?

      We must discuss over tea next time you’re in town!

      Ava

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