After hearing Le Tigre for the first time in an East Village living room 12 years ago,my love for girl-fronted music outfits snowballed out of control. Every week, I'll bring you a handful of bands that are more than worthy of your Spotify keyword searches.
If you want proof that the best pop music comes out of Scandinavia, look no further than Norway’s Annie. After giving us one of the most lyrically earnest, saccharine sounding records of our generation in Anniemal, (and attempting to give us a follow up that didn’t quite hit a bar floating around in the stratosphere somewhere) she’s back with an EP that’s on-point and grown-up. Her A&R EP is a little more down tempo and a little more precise than we’re used to getting from Annie, but it is still excellent.
Recommended if you like: Little Boots, Kylie Minogue, Royksopp
Listen to “Hold On” from the A&R EP:
The Choo Choo Trains
Last night I fell down a Spotify K-hole and crashed down on top of The Choo Choo Trains -- a trio of women from London who have shoegaze-laden doo-wop on lockdown. The band’s debut EP, which is appropriately titled I Choo-Choo-Choose You, totally evokes the sweetness that only little Ralph Wiggum could conjure up on Valentine’s Day.
Recommended if you like: The Hidden Cameras, The Magnetic Fields, Lesley Gore
Listen to “Save Me”:
We seem to be experiencing a bout of Indian Summer in New York, so I decided to dig a little deep and find a jam that sounded like tank tops and jean shorts and infinite days at the beach. Ronika’s “Automatic” fits that bill perfectly -- it’s a track complete with disco-laden guitar struts and sultry vocals that are perfect to wiggle your hips to as you get ready for the weekend.
Recommended if you like: Chic, The Pointer Sisters, getting down with your bad self
Listen to Ronika’s breakout single, “Automatic”: