Given the recent events taking place highlighting that we as a whole must continue to strive towards equality I thought this would be as good a time as any to explore a thought I’ve had about pop music. If you took someone who puts little stock in music, relying on chart music you’d find that their view of women in music is quite skewed. Chart music tends to feature pretty lifeless and frankly vapid songs from female artists with a few rarities that could be considered to have substance though they usually rely on the crutch of love. Unfortunately the charts want us to focus on the same old boring break up songs rather than highlighting something more akin to the classics or towards the heavier side of the spectrum, granted the later is also influenced by the fact that rock really isn’t present in any form in the charts as of late.
Luckily once you venture out the bogs of the charts you find that actually women are taking alternative genres by storm and giving them an interesting edge. My first experience of a genre dominated by interesting women was Baroque and Chamber pop. I was shown Joanna Newsom as a joke by a friend because my god does that voice take some time to get used to, but I kept going back and listening and even eventually grew to enjoy her voice thanks to the amazing accompaniment often led by her harp. San Fermin were also a beautiful display of the female voice with their chilling harmonies sweetening the ancillary strings. Let us also not forget Phox’s leading lady’s quirky rhythm which really sells their style.