Pundits the length and breadth of the land have only just finished brainwashing us with their favourite books, films, TV shows and bands 0f 2008 before they get all Mystic Meg on us about 2009. While being told what to watch/read/listen to by a cabbala of hacks can be annoying, it can also be terribly useful for the time-poor among us. So having poured over oodles of lists and listened to gossipy music hearsay, it’s clear that 2009 is very much about the ladies. So here are five gals you should listen to, even if it’s just to waffle on about them knowingly like you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist.
Florence & the Machine – ‘Dog Days Are Over’
Although there’s a touch of the Manic-Pixie-Dream-Girl about Florence, she’s been picking up more comparisons to Kate Bush than you can shake a shimmery chiffon scarf at, but she reminds me of folkier singers like 10,000 Maniacs’ Natalie Merchant.
VV Brown – ‘Crying Blood’
Foxy and feisty, VV does her own makeover version of 60s girl pop like no one else – and that includes the over-exposed and under-talented Duffy.
La Roux – ‘Quicksand’
Maybe it’s just me but the verses in this remind me a lot of ‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince, no? No bad thing perhaps, but it gets a bit annoying after three listens.
Lady GaGa – ‘Poker Face’
In the opening scene there are dogs, masks and leather so you’d be forgiven for thinking that this ex-schoolmate of Paris Hilton was “doing a Goldfrapp”, but she’s nothing like her. Stefani Joanne Germanotta has written tracks for Britney and The Pussycat Dolls (ick), has been nominated for a Grammy… and she’s only 22.
And possibly coolest of them all is Little Boots who plays a weird little instrument called a tenorian and uploads her own homemade jamming videos from her bedroom to Youtube.
Here she is on Later with Jools Holland playing not only that dinky tenorion, but a stylophone (hi Rolf!) and piano.
Anyone got any recommendations for 2009, female or otherwise? Any Irish women we should be talking about?