Monday, December 3, 2012

Hey, Ladies

I'm-a do a few posts on some 2012 releases that you might see cluttering up other Year-End lists (but not mine) - thematically linked. These will be about records I don't know, but might hold some interest for someone out there.

According to Pitchfork, Julia Holter has a new Fleetwood Mac cover out, on some Mojo (UK mag) free mix-CD. This comes not too long after Just Tell Me That You Want Me, a tribute album with: MGMT, J & Lee, Best Coast, 'Bonnie' Billy and Billy Gibbons, The Entrance Band, and others...

"Gold Dust Woman" by Julia Holter, from Rumours Revisited: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Classic 1977 Album (Mojo, 2012)

A little bit ago, her album Tragedy was Boomkat's overall #1 of 2011. Which confused me somewhat when there was just recently a new official video for "Goddess Eyes..."

"Goddess Eyes I" by Julia Holter, from Ekstasis (2012)

That's because she's got a bigger, newer album out this year. Still, that song - or near enough - also appeared on Vol. 7 of the blog's comps (***new download link***).

[Update: brings new news of an official "Goddess Eyes II" video.]

All of which, for some reason, just made me think of Grimes...

"Oblivion" by Grimes, from Visions (2012)

Now I don't group all the electronic ladies together, and even I really don't see enough similarities to link these two specifically. Someone explain it to me!
Where Holter is influenced by an array of experimental and eccentric music from the 1960s and 1970s – her voice sometimes sound uncannily like a young, less maternal Vashti Bunyan – Boucher seems primarily predisposed towards 1980s and 1990s pop (in addition to being one of the few Western artists to have absorbed the influence of contemporary Korean pop music), filtering her pop star fascinations (Madonna and Mariah Carey) through the same experimental impulse that guides Holter.

Ah, okay.

"Genesis" by Grimes, from Visions (2012)

Or maybe because that video came out around the same time as the "Goddess Eyes I" one?

"The Drummer" by Niki & The Dove, from Instinct (2012)

Besides... when you're talking electro-Fleetwood, I think it's almost mandatory to include Niki & The Dove. I think I also mentioned MGMT there at the beginning too, right?

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