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Absolute Female Singers Pt. 4
Absolute Female Singers Pt. 4
10/14/11 at 07:32 PM by imagination
So I kind of stopped for a while. It really has taken me 4 weeks to finish up 2 three-sentence blurbs, and I'm not quite sure why. It may be laziness, it may be me underestimating how hard it is for me to objectively write things. I write like Swanson delivers speeches; I spew facts as well as I can. Hope you enjoy this week, I think next week will be a little different.. I'm going to try and lessen the workload and prepare myself for next week.

Vashti Bunyan (United Kingdom)

It's not often that there is a 35-year gap between releases. However, in Vashti Bunyan's case, that's exactly what happened. Much like Linda Perhacs, Bunyan abandoned the music industry after less-than-stellar sales of Just Another Diamond Day left her discouraged. Now labeled 'The Queen of Freak Folk,' Bunyan has been credited as an influence to a new generation of psych folk artists such as Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. The long-awaited follow up, Lookaftering, includes a similar sound from years ago: soft folk and simple instrumentation accompanied by a whisper-like voice. The success of that has led her to release Some Things Just Stick in Your Head, a collection of singles and demos.

Recommended tracks: Diamond Day, Glow Worms, Same But Different

Those Dancing Days (Sweden)

Named after a Led Zeppelin song, Those Dancing days formed late 2005 after meeting each other through mutual acquaintances. Modeling their sound after fellow Swedes Shout Out Louds, the all-female quintet began recording and demoing covers and later original work. They finished In Space Hero Suits, a collection of synth-laden indie pop rock, just after high school graduation in 2008. Linnea Jonsson's voice along with Cissi Efraimsson's high-energy drumming help distinguish them from the many other bands out there. Although they announced a hiatus earlier this year, they graced us with Daydreams and Nightmares, which features a more mature continuance of their previous album.

Recommended tracks: Fuckarias, Those Dancing Days, Can't Find Entrance

Sophie Madeleine (United Kingdom)

Cute. Cute lyrics, cute music, and cute melodies all describe singer-songwriter Sophie Madeleine. Her voice often flutters among a plethora of instruments, most notably her ukulele, which she includes in her debut, Love. Life. Ukulele. Although her recent release The Rhythm You Started features a looped drum machine throughout the tracks, she hasn't strayed far from her roots, employing layers of vocal harmonies, her ukulele, and a layer of glockenspiel.

Recommended tracks: You Are My Favourite, Stars, The Rhythm you

Schuyler Fisk (Los Angeles, CA)

She was in Babysitters Club and her mom is Sissy Spacek and she plays music - sjb2k1
Although the above quote is very true, there's much more to Schuyler Fisk's career in the industry. After starting out as an actress, she began pursuing a vocation in music and never looked back. Contributing to The Last Kiss Soundtrack, Fisk started writing pop-folk tunes leading to her first album, 2009's The Good Stuff. Her sophomore attempt brought her back to her Virginian roots, incorporating a more country folk sound in Blue Ribbon Winner.

Recommended tracks: Fall Apart Today, Hello, You're Happening To Me

Eisley (Tyler, TX)

Eisley isn't a new name to the music scene. Starting in the late '90s with sisters Chauntelle and Sherri DuPree, it wasn't long until younger siblings Weston and Stacy and cousin Garron joined the band. Their debut, Room Noises, is laced with the sisters' triple harmonies, which web into their brand of music. In 2007, Eisley released Combinations, whose title track describes their sound: a delicate combination of sisterly harmonies, guitar, and piano rock. Those elements seem to work perfectly together, without one dominating over the others. Although their relationship with Warner Bros. dissolved in 2010, it wasn't long until they were picked up again by current-label Equal Vision. The band soon after released The Valley, a more straightforward, indie-rock effort in 2011.

Recommended Tracks: Watch It Die, Ambulance, Marvelous Things
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