I was listening to The Current this morning. Every weekday they have a little feature where they throw out a topic, take requests on that topic for an hour or so, and then play 3 of the requested songs. Today the subject was "bands with female vocalists," as an homage to Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and their new album.
Don't worry, of course they played Rilo Kiley.
Well I've been spending a bit of time thinking about this today, and I realized that I've been really liking female voices in music lately. In particular I've been drawn to voices that..., well, I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but I might say, that have a certain longing or subtlety to them. It's almost like there vocalists are giving a little wink with singing. And there's something so compelling and attractive about a female vocalist who can just nail a song - especially a fun song - and yet leave so much unsung. Does that make any sense to anyone?
I'm thinking in particular not so much of Jenny Lewis or Karen O, though they certainly can accomplish this, but more of artists like Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, Katie White of The Ting Tings, Lenka, and Emily Haines of Metric. To get right to the point, I'm pretty much smitten with certain songs by each of these artists. I'd recommend checking out other tunes by these folks too, but here's one song by each that I absolutely love:
French Navy by Camera Obscura
That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings
Trouble is a Friend by Lenka
Gimme Sympathy by Metric
Anyone have any other suggestions for songs that fit into the whole "simultaneously powerful and subtle female vocalist who winks flirtatiously at you with her song" category?
After all of this is done
Who'd you rather be, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?