First mix of 2018! It is, by turns, super sad, very fun, and maybe a little self-righteously vengeful. There’s soul, dreamy pop, indie pop, folky pop, bedroom (you guessed it) pop, r&b, and some very fine dance music. As always, this is my attempt to showcase the talented women and non-binary folks of and from the South, making music today and, sometimes, yesterday. You’ll find the songs, the artists, a video and a Spotify playlist. Please, enjoy. And stay warm!
South Carolina: Blue,Girl., “Heart 4 a Heart”
Everything that goes into the art and process from this artist – the persona, the music, the promotion, and the performance – is distinctly and beautifully their own.
Virginia: Kali Uchis (featuring Tyler, the Creator), “After the Storm”
This new single from Alexandria-raised, LA-based Kali Uchis features the r&b stylings of Bootsy Collins (!) and the everything else of Tyler the Creator, while Uchis weaves it all together. Bonus: “hero” rhymes with “mirror.”
Tennessee: Soccer Mommy, “Your Dog”
The first single from the Brooklyn via Nashville pop artist’s forthcoming album. There’s a rich vitality on this new single, and the video is swinging from the gallows. Sorry, that’s not a thing people say, there’s good fake horror here.
South Carolina: King Vulture, “Right”
These folks are superstars. Y’all just don’t know it yet. Unless you do, and, in that case, let’s be friends.
Florida: Caroline Rose, “Money”
Thank god, Caroline Rose is putting out another album! I’ve BEEN waiting. Also, this song should be featured in every heist movie that ever was and ever will be. Are you stressed out by my enthusiasm? Good.
Virginia: Sammi Lanzetta, “Circles”
Richmond-based Sammi Lanzetta is just getting started, and she’s taking down sexist scensters in the process. I am in love with the quiet anger here. I’ve been FEELING IT.
George: Liza Anne, “Paranoia”
Is it just me or has Liza Anne’s released an epic song? I know it’s been on the airwaves for a bit, but I’ve just now got it on repeat.
Florida: Cherele, “Zika”
If you’re not ready for summer but would still like the Zika virus in your life, Miami-based Cherele knows your needs. . . .wait, this isn’t really about mosquito-borne illnesses. Instead . . . it’s about infectious dance beats! I stole that last bit. Enjoy all of those ellipses and this song!
Tennessee: Bully, “Seeing It”
A searing single from Nashville-based Bully’s second album.
Texas: The Suffers, “I Think I Love You”
A new song from the hardest-working soul band in the South. Houston-based the Suffers are innovative with enough retro to span the genre. Lead singer Kam Franklin is also a deeply generous human being. I recently heard her ending her experience and talent to NPR for a piece on helping out new bands. She had honest and inspiring words for Blame the Youth singer/guitarist, Alexa. Now, I’m all misty-eyed. Anyway, here’s a recent release from the Suffers.