Oh heyyyy, Jen here, coming at you early with another #WCW to get your #HumpDay bumping. Name the child after me. Too far? Never. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the seductive sounds of Lianne La Havas:
Critics describe La Havas as a massage for your eardrums. And by critics, I mean me. She’s a powerhouse songwriter and vocalist, who sounds just as polished in real life as she does on her albums:
La Havas infuses soulful enthusiasm into her indie-folk beats. It’s a combination that, with her effortless vocal runs, made La Havas a Prince protégé. The quality of her sound far exceeds that of more relevant indie stars, so I can only presume that her cookie-cuter branding holds her back in a society that deems talent on an Instagrammable, aesthetic scale ie: plump lips and purple hair to match the offbeat sounds. Lianne La Havas is so much more than X amount of Instagram followers: she’s a musician through and through, who deserves to reign supreme!
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the harmonies of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the dynamic lead vocalists in Lucius:
There’s something nostalgic about their sound, an 80s throwback that swells in emotionally- charged choruses balanced by whimsically girlish verses.
Joining Roger Waters for his summer tour, Lucius seems to be hinting at something new. Remember their name: Lucius is on the verge of mainstream stardom.
Georgia Josiena Nott is the vocalist behind BROODS. I solemnly swear that this will be stuck in your head for the next week and a half:
Broods isn’t a new sound. But Nott’s charmingly sweet vocals are contagious, reminiscent of a young Ellie Goulding with a hint of Lorde. Broods is seemingly less produced than some of her predecessors. It’s all strategic, a ploy to keep her songs on rotation in your brain.
Let’s switch it up a bit with my latest obsession, Lil Simz:
How incredible is she?! I’M SCREAMING! Where do I even begin? Lil Simz spits gold and WE’RE NOT WORTHY! She’s only 25, but it’s already clear that Lil Simz is climbing the ranks of rap hierarchy.
Lil Simz is an articulate storyteller supported by stellar production. She successfully balances viscous hits like “Venom” with more mainstream hip hop tunes like “Selfish,” and she’s setting a new standard for rap artists everywhere.
Last but not least, Megan Markwick and Elizabeth Somerville of IDER:
IDER mixes catchy beats with angelic, wispy harmonies. If Tegan and Sara had a baby with Lucius that grew up in Echo Park, IDER would be that baby:
There you have it, just a handful of badass indie babes, who should, and will, become festival headlining sensations. Have a #WCW?! Drop her name below!