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Top 5 Summer Listens

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I put together a list of top 5 albums replete with incredible female artists for your listening pleasure. From calm, folksy tunes to high-energy songs that’ll make you want to dance, it has all you need to suit a variety of occasions this season.  

I’ve also included a song recommendation within each album.

What’s the soundtrack to your summer?

 

1.      Anxiety, Autre Ne Veut

Pitchfork darling, Autre Ne Veut, masterfully haromizes a rich variety of influences, like R&B, low-fi, electro, and indie rock. Avant-garde sisters Jessica and Cristina Jo Zambri are perfect, yet unexpected collaborators. This album will sound like nothing else you’ve listened to. My favorite track off Anxiety is “Play by Play.” Listen to it via Pitchfork’s review: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14847-play-by-play/

2.      Shaking the Habitual, The Knife

This is The Knife’s much-anticipated first full-length offering since their 2006 hit album, Silent Shout. I once heard this band’s style of music referred to as “goblin glam,” which remains a fitting description. Karin Dreijer Andersson’s vocals are as distorted and eccentric as ever. The band’s official statement about their video for “A Tooth for an Eye” is “(It) deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior?” Awesome. The first single released off this record is “Full of Fire.” The music video can be found on the band’s official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoH6k6eIUS4

3.      Biophilia, Bjork

Some musicians seem to live and breathe their art, Bjork is one of them… when you’re listening to Bjork, it’s unmistakably her. The word that comes to mind is “authentic.” This, her 8th full-length album, heavily features themes of the natural world and the cosmos. Her single, “Crystalline,” boasts a music video directed by none other than Michael Gondry, whose quirky aesthetic blends seamlessly with hers. Watch it on Bjork’s official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvaEmPQnbWk

4.       Metals, Feist

Canadian sweetheart Feist wins yet more fans with this successful follow up to The Reminder. This album is as cohesive as it gets, turning its back on the easy pop hook, for the most part. “How Come You Never Go There” is the single off Metals. You can listen to it on Feist’s official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h65YIvjIV7E

5.      Riposte LP, Buke and Gase

This band received a lot of visibilty after they were featured on the hit podcast, Radiolab. Arone Dyer plays a modified baritone ukulele, the “buke” in the group’s name. Aron Sanchez plays the “gase,” a melding of guitar and bass. The duo creates a remarkably full sound using these collage-esque instruments. You can listen to their track, “Medulla Oblongata,” on their Bandcamp page: http://bukeandgase.bandcamp.com/track/medulla-oblongata

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