With March being celebrated as Women’s History Month and March 8th being International Women’s Day we thought we should further highlight some of the best under discovered artists we have came across recently. While great music is genderless, and we focus throughout the year to highlight all voices who deserve celebrated, we like how events like these help to center our attention. We know all too well that many are relegated to the bleachers instead of the main stage simply by how they look or how they were born. While all of these exceptional artists deserve their own post, we thought the collective diversity would serve as a reminder. Enjoy!
Batts – “City View”
We would be hard pressed to find a better artist to start our list. The project of Melbourne-based Tanya Batt immediately draws delicious shoe gaze comparisons to the likes of Mazzy Star. Her sound is intricately layered with a rare talent and voice that ties it all together. We love its blend of mellow rock and retrospective storytelling. On “City View”, we appreciate the blend of sounds like the guitar echo which further our belief in Batts’ talent and her attention to intricacy. After touring with renowned acts like Sharon Van Etten and Didirri, Batts is due for further growth of her already impressive fanbase.
Bryde – “The Trouble Is”
“Looking for something / don’t they always say you’ll know / It’s exactly what you want til / everything you want outgrows you” sings London based artist Bryde on her newest track. Lyrically, she is in a rare space. Her talent for vulnerability and soul-punching vocals are what separates her from a very crowded field. Her electric guitar works as a nice undertone to her empowering build while she crafts a spirit of nostalgia and longing throughout. It is difficult to think of a songwriter who is as in touch with her identity and ability. While her art is undoubtedly vulnerable, it is also confident and assured. We look forward to hearing her new album The Volume of Things soon. Also, check out her website which also highlights her talent of photography.
Esbie Fonte – “March 1st”
The San Francisco based artist is coming into her own after years of gathering influences. The globe trotting songwriter has a delicate but engaging sound that blends unique worldly (and other worldly) styles to create a rich tapestry of production. The vocal effects on “March 1st” are intriguing and thankfully just enough to bring the style into a indie electro field, while still dabbing in the folk ether. An overall soundscape is constructed on the new track in such an expressive way, listeners might wish for it to continue past its brief time restraints.
Notelle – “Come For Me”
Notelle is one of the more intriguing artists we have heard recently. Her ability to provide depth and introspection is refreshing. On “Come For Me”, the artist explores dark themes and even carries a subtle spirituality which close listeners will appreciate. “I have always found the concept of ‘shadows’ fascinating, as they’re quite literally a dark sided piece of you that is intangible,” explains the artist. “It reminded me a lot of the remnants of an old love. They’re there still, but not really…it’s a frightening concept. It’s widely accepted, at this point, that all living things are made up of energy – and I’ve been reading more and more recently about how even after a living thing has left a space, it is possible that their residual energy can linger. You can feel it, even when you’d give anything to erase it. That’s what this song is about…that shadow that haunts you, that memory that overstays it’s welcome, that person whose presence it’s still there long after they’re gone.” We are in love with her indie electro vibe that is sure to resonate with many listeners regardless of genre preference.
My Ugly Clementine – “Who”
This four-piece act has won us overall in the previous weeks. Their talent for quirk and substance is remarkable and fun. The video for “Who” shows an act who are confident and due for a well-deserved rise, while not taking themselves too seriously. Their debut album Vitamin C (March 20th) centers around needed subjects like self-love and confidence. As readers may previously have read from this particular writer, any artist who can sing and drum wins a free pass to our hearts and lifelong coverage. While sharing vocals, and musical prowess, the group continue to impress and build a sizable audience.