Emerging female musicians to look out for this year

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In honor of March’s title as “Music in our Schools” month and “National Women’s History Month,” here are five not-to-be-missed tracks from new and upcoming female artists.

Follow the Spotify playlist above to hear Aquila’s top picks for tracks showcasing the talent of both established female musicians and newcomers to the industry.

“Somebody to Love” by Betty Who

Jessica Anne Newham, going by the stage name Betty Who, is an upbeat alternative singer-songwriter who has just recently entered the industry. “Somebody to Love,” her debut single, gained traction online as a free download in late 2012 and preceded the April 2013 release of The Movement EP. The 22-year-old Australia native is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing keyboard, guitar, and cello in addition to singing. Her debut album, Slow Dancing, is set to be released by RCA Records next month on April 8.

“Problem” by Natalia Kills

Natalia Kills is the stage name for 27-year-old Natalia Cappuccini, an electropop artist hailing from England. With two albums (but no definite label), the singer-songwriter takes inspiration from her past to craft meaningful, insightful lyrics layered against EDM beats. Her sophomore album Trouble was released last fall, covering personal issues such as lost youth, depression, and family problems.

“Bedroom Eyes” by Dum Dum Girls

Lo-fi indie rockers Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy, and Malia of the underground band Dum Dum Girls just released their third album, Too True, in late January. Although starting as the small-scale project of lead singer Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls has blossomed into a still fairly-recent group with a sizable discography. The Girls, who are signed to Sub Pop Records, share the prestigious label with acts such as Fleet Foxes, Nirvana, and The Shins, and produce youthful singles with just a hint of angst and dark cynicism.

“Water Me” by FKA twigs

Tahliah Barnett, known as FKA twigs, began her career like many other artists by releasing tracks on the musician-friendly site Bandcamp. With slow rhythmic pulsations and perpetually fading backgrounds, FKA twigs’ tracks waver in the space between surreal and corporeal. The young England native has released two EPs: EP and EP2. Transcendent vocal melodies and an eerie countenance characterize FKA twigs, who is currently based in London and signed to the British indie label Young Turks.

“Home” by Gabrielle Aplin

The earnest yet powerful croon of 21-year-old Gabrielle Aplin manifests itself in her three folk-rock EPs and sole album, English Rain. Signing to Parlophone Records in early 2012, the British singer-songwriter released her debut album in May 2013. She has supported large-scale acts such as John Mayer, Gotye, and Ed Sheeran in addition to performing on her own headlining tours. Aplin also founded her own record label called Never Fade in 2010, which is now open to representing other musicians as of 2013.

Many emerging female artists have performed at concerts in the Bay Area recently. Check out the slideshow below to see photos from their visits.