When it comes to music my heart is with the ladies, particularly indie/rock ladies who write their own songs and aren’t afraid to experiment with sound. My penchant for women in rock began in middle school with the discovery of my perennial favorites Tori Amos and PJ Harvey. In college came my serendipitous discovery of Kate Bush, whose album The Dreaming (available via MeLCat) perfectly epitomizes the weird, experimental sound I like so much. More recent favorites of mine include Regina Spektor, Neko Case, and The Fiery Furnaces (though Matthew Friedberger in this brother/sister group writes the music, I love lead-singer Eleanor Friedberger’s vocals). I am especially fond of Bat for Lashes; her melodic voice and storytelling tendencies remind me very much of both Tori Amos and Kate Bush.
My latest discovery is Florence + the Machine. Florence Welch’s voice is soulful, while her lyrics range from catty to literary to contemplative. Lungs, Florence + the Machine’s debut album, topped the charts in the UK for weeks in 2009, and although it didn’t make a dent on the US charts, I’ve heard a number of their songs pop up in movies and television shows. If you’re fond of any of the musicians that I’ve mentioned, I recommend giving Florence + the Machine a listen.