Since its launch over 30 years ago, independent label 4AD Records has built a reputation for signing versatile, talented and ground-breaking artists...many of whom happen to be female :) From The Breeders and Cocteau Twins, to St. Vincent, Tune Yards and Grimes, 4AD has remained a positive example of a record label that consistently supports and shares the sounds of influential and powerful female musicians and role models.
St. Vincent -
Annie Erin Clark (born September 28, 1982), better known by her stage name
St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter
. She began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Clark currently resides in Manhattan via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Vincent_(musician)
Lush - De Luxe
LONG LIVE LUSH!
Lush were an English alt. rock band, formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1998. They were one of the first bands to attract the "shoegazing" label. Later, their sound progressed toward Britpop. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lush_(band)
Throwing Muses - Fish
Throwing Muses is an alt. rock band formed in 1981 in Newport, Rhode Island, that toured and recorded extensively until 1997, when its members began concentrating more on other projects. The group was originally fronted by two lead singers,Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly (of The Breeders and Belly), who both wrote the group's songs. Throwing Muses are known for performing music with shifting tempos, creative chord progressions, unorthodox song structures, and surreal lyrics. The group was set apart from other contemporary acts by Hersh's stark, candid writing style; Donelly's pop stylings and vocal harmonies; and David Narcizo's unusual drumming techniques eschewing use of cymbals. Hersh's hallucinatory, febrile songs occasionally touched on the subject of mental illness, more often drawing portraits of characters from daily life or addressing relationships.via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Throwing_Muses
Cocteau Twins - Wax and Wane ( Live at De Meervaart, Amsterdam, Jan 29 1983)
Cocteau Twins were a Scottish alt. rock band active from 1979 to 1997, known for innovative instrumentation and atmospheric, non-lyrical vocals. The original members were Elizabeth Fraser (vocals),Robin Guthrie (guitar, drum machine) and Will Heggie (bass guitar), who was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde early in the band's career.While the entire band earned much critical praise, Elizabeth Fraser's distinctive soprano vocals received the most attention. At times barely decipherable, Fraser seemed to veer inoglossolalia and mouth music. Allmusic reviewer Ned Raggett writes that "part of her appeal is how she can make hard-to-interpret lyrics so emotionally gripping." via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocteau_Twins
the Breeders - Cannonball (1993 MTV studios)
The Breeders (stylized as the Breeders) are an American alternative rock
band formed in 1990 by Kim Deal
of the Pixies
and Tanya Donelly
of Throwing Muses
. The band has experienced a number of line-up changes; Kim Deal has been the band's sole continual member. Their first album, Pod
(1990), though not commercially successful, received wide critical acclaim. The Breeders' most successful album, 1993's Last Splash
, is best known for the hit single "Cannonball.
" via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Breeders
Lisa Germano - "When I am a Puppet"
Lisa Ruth Germano (born June 27, 1958,), is an American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has released seven albums featuring her often-hushed vocal style, confessional lyrics, and distinctive violin. Her 1994 album Geek the Girl received widespread critical acclaim, including being featured as a top album of the 1990s by the music magazine Spin. She is also known as a guest performer and/or session musician on over sixty records by a variety of artists, including John Mellencamp, Simple Minds,David Bowie, Yann Tiersen, Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel and Eels. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Germano
Xmal Deutschland - Augenblich (Music Convoy 1984)
Xmal Deutschland was formed in 1980 by Anja Huwe (vocals), Manuela Rickers (guitar), Fiona Sangster (keyboards), Rita Simon (bass guitar) and Caro May (drums) in Hamburg, Germany. In 1982, the band released the goth classic "Incubus Succubus".via www.youtube.com/xxonmill
IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEM-CHECK THEM OUT!
Tune-Yards - Doorstep (Live in Paris)
Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, vocals, and electric bass played by Nate Brenner. The Whokill (stylized as w h o k i l l) tour has added a saxophone section, consisting of Matt Nelson and Noah Bernstein.via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tune-Yards
Merrill's work with Tune-Yards is intelligent, fun, and breath of fresh air to say the least.
Daughter - Youth (The Amazing Sessions)
Daughter is an English indie folk band originating from London in 2010. Originally the solo work of Elena Tonra, they are now a trio with the addition of guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella. After releasing three EPs in 2010 and 2011, they were signed by 4AD
and released their first full-length album, If You Leave, in March 2013.
St. Vincent & Tune Yards in conversation (Nosey/Vice)
Two great artists of 4AD and the 21st century in general have a conversation about art and life.
Grimes - Saturn Princess (Live June 25, 2013)
Claire Boucher (born March 17, 1988) better known by her stage name Grimes, is a Canadian artist, musician, and music video director
.Grimes' music has been noted by critics and journalists for its atypical combination of vocal elements, as well as a wide array of influences, ranging from industrial
, hip hop
, and even medieval music
Blonde Redhead - Dr. Strangeluv (Live at Berlin Lido 2010)
is an American alternative rock band composed of Kazu Makino (vocals,rhythm guitar) and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace (drums/vocals and lead guitar, respectively) that formed in New York City in 1995.The band's earliest albums were noted for their noise rock influences, though their sound evolved by the early 2000s with the releases of Misery is a Butterfly (2004) and 23 (2007), which both incorporated elements of dream pop, shoegaze and other genres. In 2010, the band released their eighth studio album, Penny Sparkle. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blonde_Redhead
GANG GANG DANCE - Mindkilla (4AD Session)
Gang Gang Dance is an American experimental music band based in NYC. The band is known for its distinctive sound which features synthesized electronics and percussion, plus the varied vocal styles of singer Lizzi Bougatsos. They have toured internationally and released several albums.