Posts tagged with ‘girls get busy’
Girls Get Busy Review - Madelyn Villano
written by Millie Minou
Madelyn Villano is a Portland-based multi-instrumentalist musician who records under several different monikers including Guzo and Giggles. At just 24 years old, she has managed to cultivate an impressive discography already.
Villano has been a member of the influential experimental noise group, Smegma, since 2011 in which she plays violin and electronics. For those who don’t know Smegma (I tried to start this sentence, like, 9 different ways because I get it, but I mean the band!!!) – besides having the best name ever – they are one of the few music collectives still performing and recording from the Los Angeles Free Music Society movement of the 1970s. They have collaborated with many of experimental music’s greats including Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, Non, and John Wiese. It seems unlikely that such a young person would be accepted into as venerated a group as Smegma but Villano’s presence in the band makes total sense: she is incredibly talented. Her available solo work is mostly comprised of hypnotic, ambient soundscapes. Sometimes building up from one pulsing loop, sometimes distorted, sometimes interwoven with ethereal, minimal house-y rhythms, every track I’ve heard of hers is great.
Villano’s music is lush and intricate with moments of heart-tugging, deep, dissonant swells or 30-second excerpts where you’re just like, “fuck, that sounds so cool!!!” There is even some dreamy piano composition happening in the latter portion of the second tape up on her soundcloud (link below). Beyond her obvious musical abilities, Villano is also active in the DIY community of Portland and has contributed to events such as Portland’s Females of Color Fest, which means she is likely, a Good Human whom you should have no qualms supporting. She is currently taking a brief hiatus from independent projects in order to finish up college with a degree in music (focusing her studies in ethnomusicology) but is planning on organizing a new tape soon. For now, check out everything the internet has to offer of her work (especially the last link where you can purchase tapes from Pigface Records including her debut, American Girl, and other projects with which she’s been involved):
Girls Get Busy Mixtape: Redheads
Just a ruse to bring an incredible bunch of different women from weird a combination of genres together
Featuring: Garbage / Neko Case / Florence and the Machine / Karen Elson / Jenny Lewis / Rilo Kiley / Judy Garland
Listen here: 8tracks.com/girlsgetbusyzine/redheads
Mix + Artwork by Hadeel
Girls Get Busy Review: All Dogs - 7”
Written by Sarah
I put on All Dogs while tidying my bedroom, absently sweeping up the tumbleweeds of dog hair and throwing out expired bus passes for a few minutes before I realized I was doing more dancing than cleaning. Something about the band made me think, “I should re-watch Josie and the Pussycats” in the best possible way. Maryn Jones, leader singer and guitarist, has a voice that articulates the anxiety of the pop-punk 20-something by hanging on vowels until her voice nearly breaks. On Buddy when she sings, “I just don’t see you anymore/Don’t have the time/Well if you ever need me/Know where to find me/I’ll be the one you can call if you need something different,” I heard my own sincere feelings towards friends far away or too busy.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, All Dogs released their first 7” in last November though Salinas Records, and prior to that had self-released a split tape with Slouch. Something in the casual drumming and longing vocals recalls a more upbeat Where You Been-era Dinosaur Jr., without the overearnest masculine whining* especially on Say, “You were waiting for me,” Jones cries, “I still have something to saaaaaaaaaaay….”. The whole thing feels very sad-on-a-hot-summer day, melancholic but relaxed and willing to accept what comes next. The melancholy is neither trite nor ironic, and it’s an understandable ethos that would pair well with Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield), who the band opened for on the East Coast leg of her tour in January . The positive reception they received as openers sparked press at Pitchfork and a grating “told-you-so” piece from Stereogum, and since then their profile has picked up considerably. Jones also records under her own name and with the band Saintseneca.
You can hear the genuine enthusiasm behind Jesse Withers’ drumming and bassist Amanda Bartley grounds songs that would otherwise be slightly too discordant to be tender, building emotional tension especially on confessional tracks like Love Song, when Jones’ spits “I’ll fuck it up! Just wait and see!” but neither instrument ever overpowers Jones’ clearly enunciated confessions and apologies. I love the unpolished nature of All Dogs tracks, the way each song seems about getting the song OUT rather than posturing musically. The trio is talented enough to have left any shoulder-chips behind and the result is a cheerfully sad style. With only a handful of tracks out, it might be best to keep an eye on this band by following their Tumblr.
*I sincerely love Dinosaur Jr., please understand that we have to be honest about things we love.
Girls Get Busy’s Suggested Sounds: Ego Ella May - Love Hard
- by Hadeel
From South London, Ego Ella May is a classic jazz vocalist, reminiscent of Jill Scott and India .Arie but distinctly ‘London’ in her sound. Many musicians like Rainy Milo, FKA Twigs and Jessie Ware have been emerging out of London with a distinct spin on conventional soul, with plush vocals and minimalist production. “Future r’n’b” has been become an umbrella term to describe this sound, although alternative and indie is arguably where contemporary r’n’b has been for some time.
So what makes Ego Ella different, is that her vocal style is a hark back to early 00s Neo-Soul and I love her for it. This is a new track which stands alone from her EP, with other-worldly Funk meets doe-eyed Soul. Also worth a listen is her rework of Shanks and Bigfoot classic ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’.
Ella’s EP ‘The Tree’ is out now at egoellamay.bandcamp.com
You can find Ella on twitter at @EgoEllaMay
Girls Get Busy’s Suggested Sounds: Blablarism - Chimera
- by Alva
Blablarism is a solo project of twenty year old, Oksana Zmorovytch, based in Kyiv, Ukraine, whose overall sound has dark, baroque-sounding synths with this fuzzy nagging bassline. Sometimes comfortably shoe-gazing, and sometimes very cold-wavey and harsh. Most of the tracks gives me a feeling of being inside a foggy typhoon and slowly going down, down, down. Chimera is based on beautiful eerie synthmelodies, and like Oksana, I also share a love for the dark 80’s.
I’ve had some interesting conversations with Oksana about how to make music and tools etc - she really knows her stuff! I recently asked her about her experience on being a woman who makes music, in which she replied: “I think I don’t let myself be a woman whilst making music - and yet, my music is full of femininity.”
(Source: girlsgetbusyzine / blablarism)
It’s in shops now and is such a great issue - feeling very honored to be a part of it!
Girls Get Busy Review: OOMK #2
Written by Hadeel
I can’t remember where I originally saw the first issue of OOMK, but I remember what it looked like; the soft pink of the jacket, the front cover with the print of four ladies dressed in 19th century garb, the bright touches of colour on their dresses, that pick you out from their otherwise black and grey primness. They are too engrossed reading for you to see their faces, which are obscured behind pieces of white paper. It was a wink - that any archaic notions of primness and femininity could die here, along with any pre-conceptions of what a zine heavily inclusive of women of colour, and in particular, Muslim women, had to be.
What I found inside was powerful - the name ‘One of My Own Kind’ held true. There is a wholeness to their representation of women from a diverse range of backgrounds, as artists, activists, creatives, critical thinkers, that gives them a platform to share without exalting them or being reductive. There is a freedom that allows them to be fully rounded people, people like you and I; comfortingly ordinary. It was a zine where recipes, craft DIY and gardening tips sat alongside (and never below) the necessary discussions of problematizing identity politics, representation in the media, and spirituality. You were holding in your hands, a beautifully-crafted, high-quality rendering of the vision of OOMK Zine’s co-founders: Sofia Niazi, Rose Nordin and Sabba Khan.
It has been almost a year since that issue, which launched February 2013, and so we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Issue 2. Now that it’s here, the good news is that it’s meatier - almost double in size, with over 40 female contributors. From the first issue’s theme of Fabric, there is now Print; within the issue, we consider print as a form of communication, of expression, a tool for education and for propaganda.
The question of how print campaigns can legitimize an idea is taken up with interviews with representatives of the See Red Women’s Workshop and of the Guerilla Girls, for a start. Aurella Yussuf of the Black Feminists, explores this further in article on how promotional propaganda has impacted feminism, from Sylvia Pankhurst and the WPSU onwards. The print media and it’s affect on body image is also taken to task, from discussions of the online web project The Body Narratives, to the No More Page Three campaign, where Hannah Habibi Hopkin offers her perspective on how female nudity is contextualized in a capitalist society.
The sense of community spirit really hits home when you notice the local issues popping up; I was heartened to see artist Emily Evans mentioning the relevance of the Save the Libraries campaigns going in London within her interview, as well as an article outlining the history of Finsbury Park treasure New Beacon Books, and it’s archive the George Padmore institute.
The voice is still the same, suggesting what we have now come to expect from the OOMK Zine collective; they are informative but not pedantic, playful but not frivolous, and of course, subversive, but never brash, as it proclaims it’s intent to take up it’s space for women to create from scratch, for keeps, for themselves. As usual, the stunning original artwork and illustration continue throughout; the illustrations of the early days of the internet and of what animals think of people are a completely hilarious break in tone.
Best of all, we know that OOMK has set up residence in South Kilburn Studios, where they have been welcoming visitors to all sorts of talks, seminars, workshops. You can visit them there, which should hopefully tide you over until the next issue arrives!
You can order an issue at their Magpile online store