March is Women's History Month, and this month, we're focusing on the incredible women making music in the industry. Specifically, women making music in the indie genre. Here are a few artists you should add to your morning playlist, commute or any playlist that will get you feeling all the emotions.
Everyone should have their eye on Kilo Kish. She is an independent artist who graduated from Pratt Institute. Entering the industry with her debut single, "Navy,” Kish is a force to be reckoned with. Closely working with Vince Staples, she appears on "Love Can Be..." in his second studio album "Big Fish Theory." Kish also vocalizes throughout the album.
She has also worked with Childish Gambino. He was featured in "ghost" on Kish’s 2013 album "K+." The song opens with an eerie distorted ghost sample. Both Gambino and Kish flirtatiously rap over experimental beats. She recently released a new single, titled "NO APOLOGY!" Kish harmonizes over electronic synth beats with broken-hearted lyrics. The single is a teaser for her up-and-coming album "American Gurl," which comes out later this month.
Cherry Glazerr is another solid female artist to add to your heartbreak playlist. With melancholic and sensual lyrics over a grungy bass guitar, frontwoman Clementine Creevy’s angst engulfs her listeners into a world of passion and pain.
Their 2019 album "Stuffed & Ready" expresses the highs and lows of relationships and mental damages that follow along with it. She has been featured on Willow Smith's new album "lately I feel EVERYTHING" on the song "¡BREAKOUT!" Cherry Glazerr is currently on tour as an opener with Alt-J and Portugal.The Man.
HAIM, an indie band, brings a refreshing twist to the genre. With R&B and rock influences, the sister trio bring a new sound to stage. Their debut album, "Days Are Gone," toys with ’80’s pop and breathy lyricism. However, HAIM has been versatile and experimental with its sound. Their latest album, "Women in Music Part III," was created over Zoom toward the pandemic's beginning in late 2019 and early 2020. The album is filled with heavy bass guitar strings and catchy beats over country influences that engage the listener and keep them wanting more.
Slow Pulp, led by singer Emily Massey, is a band that emulates the current indie music sound. Massey sings airily over heavy shoegaze (a sub genre of indie and alternative rock) and lo-fi influenced tracks. Slow Pulp takes the listener on a journey with melancholy and dreamy lyrics. They recently released a new single, "In Too Deep," an indie twist on pop-punk band Sum 41's hit single of the same name. Slow Pulp was set to go on tour in late 2019 before the pandemic limited travel. Over time the band has released the singles "Deleted Scenes" and "Shadow" to keep fans anticipating new music yet to come.
These are only a few women indie artists defying odds in a male-dominated genre. They continue to pave the way for more women to make music in this genre and are making it more acceptable for women to enter into male-dominated genres because representation matters.
Check out The Slate's "Women in Indie" playlist on our Spotify account: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5W3ALtz8KuqnzsFRrrSyaQ?si=b3c4f9a4fe73420c