As a supplement to John’s “Mom Show” this morning, and our earlier roundup celebrating women, we’d like to keep the celebration of female art on the indie scene going throughout the day!
2012 has seen an insane number of breakout artists, many (if not most) of which are women who are not afraid to break rules and show off their artistry unhinged. Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) created a masterful album with The Haunted Man, whose cover of Khan naked with a man draped over her shoulders, makes her look strong rather than vulnerable and sexualized. Angel Haze has taken on the necessary goal of combatting rape and abuse culture in hip-hop with her excellent second mixtape Classick. Seattle queens of the stoned age THEESatisfaction explored what it means to be one with yourself, your race, your gender, and your sexuality with one of 2012’s best records to date awE naturalE.
Elsewhere, we see the young and the brash taking on redundancies of the scene are tearing it apart with ease. Canadian synth-pop wunderkind Grimes has been blowing our minds veraciously, with otherworldly tunes, abstract self-directed music videos, and a completely engulfing live show, her artistry currently knows no bounds. This year, Azealia Banks has become of the most talked about names in American hip-hop, even at the age of 21. Her 2012 mixtape FANTASEA has guest appearances from Araabmuzik and Diplo to name two, but her success hasn’t come from any boost from a colleague. Rather, she’s carved out her own insane territory with singles like “1991” and “Liquorice”. In addition, 2012’s synth-pop scene has been dominated by fresh female names, as has the shoegaze scene. MNDR, Charli XCX, Tamaryn, Sky Ferreira and the absolutely wonderful Dum Dum Girls have all made 2012 a year to remember.
Here are a few videos for your enjoyment!