13 Musicians You Need to Listen to if You Love Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s much anticipated album, Ultraviolence, came out this week, and I’ve been listening to it all morning. It’s a slower sound than Born to Die, which I unabashedly loved and love through and through. You can actually visualize Lana whisper-singing into the microphone and wearing a gown. She’s more sorrowful than ever, and she wants us to know. This is why Lana Del Rey fans love her. She’s so fully committed to her tragic Lolita-meets-LA songs, and each one is a beautiful and melodramatic representation of her persona.
When you finish binge-listening to Ultraviolence this week (and the next, and maybe even the next), you should check out these similarly haunting and beautiful female musicians:
Lissie was discovered in 2008 by Lenny Kravitz, who invited her to be a part of his Love Revolution Tour. She’s been under the radar all these years, but in 2010 she was named Paste magazine’s number one “Best Solo Artist” of the year, which was seriously well-deserved. She has a really defiant, yet romantic and wistful, sound.
Album recommended: Back To Forever
2. Anya Marina
When I first heard Anya Marina’s cover of “Whatever You Like” on an early episode of Gossip Girl (the one where Dan has a threesome with Olivia and Vanessa!), I knew her voice sounded familiar. It turned out she DJ’d at a local San Diego rock station I always listened to. Like Lana Del Rey, Anya Marina has a very soft and sultry voice, but she’s slightly more buoyant.
Album recommended: Slow & Seduction: Phase II
Every new Sia album releases feels newer and more vibrant, like Sia is gradually coming out of her shell. Maybe. Sia is known for her unique appearances on stage; she’s often disguised to avoid “the pitfalls of modern fame.” She’s also collaborated with David Guetta, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and a bunch of other artists (and wrote their songs). No matter what genre she’s working in, Sia’s sharply sweet voice always makes each song that much more magical.
Album recommended: We Are Born
4. Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time is easily one of my favorite albums of 2013. It makes me feel like I’m in a humid, smoky bar downtown, in the best way possible. It’s pretty raw and has some punk and ‘80s influences, so if you like retro-pop, Sky is definitely for you.
Album recommended: Night Time, My Time
5. Purity Ring
Purity Ring is Megan James and Corin Roddick. Megan is vocals, and Corin is instrumentals. Shrines is weird, kind of surreal, and purely amazing. Purity Ring is a synthpop band that has also been described as “dream pop,” “witch house,” and “futurepop,” which are all fitting labels for such an out-of-the-box band.
Album Recommendation: Shrines
6. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Emily Haines is the lead singer of Metric, a Canadian pop-rock band that has recently gained more and more recognition for their sanguine, dance-worthy albums. In 2006, Emily Haines released her solo project, Knives Don’t Have Your Back, which is a mellow, musical album more heavily dependent on the piano than electro.
Album recommended: Knives Don’t Have Your Back
7. Best Coast
Best Coast shares Lana Del Rey’s ardor and enthusiasm for the West Coast, and the more West Coast love the better, am I right? Best Coast is like Lana Del Rey’s little sister’s band. They sing a lot about boys and obsessions, and it’s perfection.
Album recommended: Crazy For You
8. Cat Power
This folk music is raspy and beautiful. Also, there is just so much soul here. Songs like “Free” and “The Greatest” are some of the most pivotal accomplishments in folk pop, and Chan Marshall is a lyrical genius, channeling Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
Album recommended: You Are Free
Cults has the same thing going on as what the White Stripes had (except maybe a little less creepy). The band is comprised of a husband and wife, who actually split up romantically, but stayed together for the band. Brian Oblivion (the guitarist) and Madeline Follin (vocals) met in college at NYU/The New School, and together they created the indie pop band, Cults, which sound like ’50s prom meets Madonna meets The Beach Boys.
Album recommended: Cults (Self Titled)
10. Fever Ray
Fever Ray is The Knife’s lead singer, Karin Dreijer Andersson’s solo project, and it’s intense. And dark. If you’re not familiar with The Knife (they wrote the original “Heartbeats”), Andersson’s voice is childlike, and almost eerie. It’s the best thing ever. And yes, you heard the song below in an episode of Breaking Bad.
Album recommended: Fever Ray (Self Titled)
11. Mazzy Star
“Fade Into You” is the universally accepted and adored Make Out Song Of The Ages. This song is eternal. But it’s not their only amazing hit, so if you love “Fade Into You,” you will also love the rest of their work. Viva la ‘90s, babes.
Album Recommended: So Tonight That I Might See
12. Neko Case
A country-folk hybrid, Neko Case’s music is so pastoral, and it has so much heart. If you feel like you recognize her, it might be because she was in the band, The New Pornographers.
Album Recommended: Blacklist
You might be hearing “Fall in Love” wherever you go these days, but investigating the rest of their album is definitely a good idea. Sarah Barthel, lead vocalist and keyboardist, has a very don’t-mess-with-me voice that’s super bad-ass. If you ever feel like conquering the world, listen to Phantogram for inspiration.
Album Recommended: Voices
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