This week, Tracks Of The Week comes a day early in order to coincide with International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I picked out four of my favourite tracks of the past few weeks, courtesy of some pretty fantastic women…
Following an EP release and a bit of touring in 2015, FRANKIIE took a break – one became a school teacher, another started a fashion line and the other moved to a small island community to work and surf. Now, however, the Vancouver-based outfit are back with a vengeance with ‘Glory Me.’
Moving away from folkier tendencies to a more alt-rock vibe, ‘Glory Me’ is a contemplation of life and death, exploring questions of meaning and purpose, while oozing cool. A combination of dark, rocky instrumentalism, and beautifully haunting harmonies, it’s the mark of a band who, having taken time for self-discovery, have a renewed purpose and excitement in their sound.
‘Glory Me’ is out now
Characterised by sweeping synths soundscapes and hugely chilled electronic beats, ‘Close to Falling Asleep’ is another completely hypnotic release from ZoZo.
There’s a melancholic honesty in ‘Close to Falling Asleep,’ as there was with her previous release ‘I Won’t Leave Your Bed Tonight,’ but one that’s presented so beautifully delicately. There’s a charm to ZoZo’s soft melancholy, and in creating something so fresh and exciting, she’s got us completely hooked.
‘Close To Falling Asleep’ is out now
Describing her sound as ‘Alt Soul’ Kadija Kamara takes a love of retro soul music and breathes a fresh life into it with her modern influences.
Taken from her EP of the same name ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ is a shining example of this, nods to 60s and 70s past spilling out of a track otherwise totally modern. With a voice so incredible it could make you cry for no other reason that just how powerful it is, ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ is a compelling dose of soul that puts Kadija in a league of her own.
Nothing Left To Lose EP is out now
Ahead of the release of her sophomore LP, Hero Fisher has shared ‘Lonely.’
Tackling issues of self-delusion, Hero says of ‘Lonely’: “A common condition people have is loneliness or feeling secluded. I think it’s a sentiment a lot of people can relate to, if they don’t, then they may have mastered self-delusion.” Expansive and sweeping, ‘Lonely’ is a cinematic dose of her own brand of indie rock. It’s cathartic, atmospheric, and sets the upcoming album up to be nothing short of fantastic.
See Hero Fisher live:
15 – St Pancras Old Church, London
19 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
Featured Image – Lauren D. Zbarsky