Women On Vox is our series highlighting talented ladies in music by tipping over 100 brilliant bands where women take centre stage.
In Part 1 we started by showcasing the female flair of some of our absolute favourites, starting with red-hot London trio Dream Wife and altogether profiling 25 artists across guitar-drawn styles, from indie rock to plush grunge to party punk.
Today we’re shifting the spotlight onto women from the lively world of alternative pop, featuring some of the more melodic, sharp and sugary music that we adore.
Our picks include electropop aplenty, but also indie earworms, Scandipop darlings and chilled electronica, all with complete profiles penned by FEISTY editor and Women On Vox assembler Katy Blackwood.
We’ve also included vital statistics on every artist, and the essential discography you’d need to track down to gather their entire essential output.
Read on for the full second installment, or alternatively skip straight to the sounds with our full Spotify playlist:
In a sentence: Of all the bands we’re featuring across five parts, it’s this polished indie pop quartet – with their backing from the Dirty Hit juggernaut – that we’re most certain will go astronomical in the years to come.
We’ve picked: The Tide, the single that announced them as an unsigned prospect back in 2015 and since reproduced for their All The Things I Never Said EP.
Selected discography: EPs – All The Things I Never Said (2017); Singles – Television Romance (2017), There’s A Honey (2017), Heavenly (2015), The Tide (original, 2015); Demos – Lust (2014)
Anna of the North
In a sentence: Borne of an almost implausibly romantic backstory, Anna of the North’s ice-cool music is some of the most essential electropop of the decade, first noticed as a SoundCloud viral hit and now immortalised on their outstanding debut album.
We’ve picked: Someone, one of our favourites from Lovers.
Selected discography: Albums – Lovers (2017); Singles – Oslo (2017), Us (2016), The Dreamer (2015), Sway / Undervann (2014), ILYAF 1996 (2014)
In a sentence: Dominated by their prodigious frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, Kitten create consistently immaculate alternative pop music, sprinkled with synths and ranging from perky guitar pop to their current retro-spirited brilliance.
We’ve picked: The new single I Did It! is one of our favourite tracks of 2018 to date.
Selected discography: Albums – Kitten (2014); EPs – Heaven Or Somewhere In Between (2016), Like A Stranger (2013), Cut It Out (2012), Sunday School (2010); Compilations – Diamonds (2015); Singles – I Did It! (2018), Steal The Night (2016)
In a sentence: Packed with sleek pop hooks, Fickle Friends’ prolific output of glistening, catchy electropop finally builds to a crescendo this Friday with the release of a debut album we’ll be sure to have on heavy rotation.
We’ve picked: Glue, first released last year as a single and included on their full-length. Cry Baby is our favourite to not make the cut.
Selected discography: Albums – You Are Someone Else (2018); EPs – Glue (2017), Velvet (2015); Singles – Cry Baby (2016), Say No More (2015), For You (2014), Play (2014), Swim (first mix, 2014)
In a sentence: One of Scandinavia’s everpresent army of electronic pop starlets, Skott’s music follows mainstream tropes more closely than her peers but still possesses that unmistakable Swedish gleam.
We’ve picked: She’s released a new EP since – Russian Soul is the clever highlight – but Glitter & Gloss from early last year remains our favourite.
Selected discography: EPs – Stay Off My Mind (2018); Singles – Remain (2017), Mermaid (2017), Glitter & Gloss (2017), Lack Of Emotion (2016), Amelia (2016), Porcelain / Wolf (2016)
In a sentence: Underrated indie pop group, with vocals that resemble CHVRCHES at their poppiest and something altogether more sombre in their more muted moments.
We’ve picked: Standing in the Back at Your Show, the wistful second single from last year’s Mirror Touch album. For something more syrupy, try album track No Money.
Selected discography: Albums – Mirror Touch (2017), Keep It Safe (2013); EPs – Heatwave (2015), You’re A Winner (2010); Singles – Yard (2014), Hold On, We’re Going Home (2013)
In a sentence: The solo electropop reinvention of Kristin Welchez, frontwoman with dearly-missed indie icons Dum Dum Girls.
We’ve picked: Standalone single Concrete Love, but the unabashedly synth moments of X-Communicate are all essential.
Selected discography: Albums – X-Communicate (2016); Singles – Concrete Love (2017), Baby Are You In? (2016)
In a sentence: Danish troupe combining pulsating bass riffs, vocal allure and thumping drums to create a mixture of fun indie disco and sultry pop-rock.
We’ve picked: Miracle, the high energy indie floorfiller from last year’s EP3.
Selected discography: Albums – Now Is Your Time To Deliver (2014); EPs – EP3 (2017), EP2 (2014), Nelson Can (2012); Singles – On Christmas Night (2017), Troublemaker (2012)
In a sentence: Powerful alt-pop from the boundless Cecilia Della Peruti, influenced by R&B, psychedelia and new wave and scurrying around styles accordingly.
We’ve picked: Your Soul, a lush pop composition from her debut album Fast or Feast.
Selected discography: Albums – Fast Or Feast (2017); EPs – Awesome Problems (2011); Singles – Puppet Master (2015), Underwater Games / Bird Of Prey (2014)
In a sentence: Gloucestershire duo with a knack for producing impeccable pop music, epitomised by smooth rhythms and Katy Pearson’s gentle, tuneful vocals.
We’ve picked: Together, taken from their third EP Bloom.
Selected discography: EPs – Bloom (2017), The Valley (2016), Universe (2015)
In a sentence: An alternative girl turned electropop hopeful, Cronicle combines the pop stylings of her native Nordics with UK garage and dance music influences.
We’ve picked: Head Up & High, her first and only proper single release to date.
Selected discography: Singles – Head Up & High (2018)
In a sentence: Norwegian teen with marked similarities to Scandipop star Sigrid and a good tip to follow in her footsteps in the future.
We’ve picked: The endearing debut single Echo.
Selected discography: Singles – Youth (2018), Echo (2017)
In a sentence: Youthful, bedroom-produced pop from giddy Merseyside fledgling Lizzie Hillesdon.
We’ve picked: Lively single Hometown, complete with its punchy, breakbeat-inspired instrumentation.
Selected discography: Singles – Hometown (2017), Birthday (2017), Young (2016)
In a sentence: Preppy indie pop from a cheery trio that contrast in approach, albeit not underlying lyrical depth, with the rawer bands that they often share a stage with.
We’ve picked: Ugly Veg from the Are You Sure? EP, a track about environmental damage and food waste.
Selected discography: EPs – Are You Sure? (2017), No Fun (2015)
In a sentence: Sugary pop-punk with grungy undertones, starring lively frontwoman Eva Hendricks and her one-of-a-kind candy vocal style.
We’ve picked: Glitter, the most memorable single from their debut album Guppy.
Selected discography: Albums – Guppy (2017); EPs – Soft Serve (2014); Singles – Turd (2016), Clean (2013)
In a sentence: Scuzzy guitar pop from the oddball solo project of Natalie Chahal, taking inspiration from ’90s girl rock and unhealthily obsessed with blow-up dolls.
We’ve picked: Click and Yr Mine, the gooey lo-fi standout of the Waist Management EP.
Selected discography: EPs – Waist Management (2017)
In a sentence: Zippy power pop, inspired by riot grrl and classic punk, and telling tales of teenage life.
We’ve picked: Come Together, the opening track from February’s Attention Seeker EP.
Selected discography: Albums – Feel Your Feelings Fool! (2017); EPs – Attention Seeker (2018), Hey! (2015); Singles – Back In Your Head (2017), Marshmallow World (2016)
Thea and the Wild
In a sentence: Thea Glenton Raknes creates clean indie pop with enduring choruses and glossy production, developing two acclaimed full-lengths to date.
We’ve picked: When a Kiss Becomes a Habit, from her new album Ikaros.
Selected discography: Albums – Ikaros (2018), Strangers and Lovers (2014)
In a sentence: Previously a twosome that fused R&B with electronica, ASTR reappeared recently as a solo project, dropping two easygoing singles at the back end of February.
We’ve picked: Ritual, our favourite of the new tracks. The EPs, while they haven’t aged well as a whole, contain a gem or two.
Selected discography: EPs – Homecoming (2015), Varsity (2014); Singles – Ritual (2018), In Your Eyes (2018)
In a sentence: Laidback, loungy, analogue-feeling pop from a band that have become more widely accessible since taking the decision to move away from their native Swedish tongue.
We’ve picked: Brand new single Empty Bones, released earlier this month.
Selected discography: EPs – Legend (2017), Legend (Swedish Version) (2017); Singles – Empty Bones (2018), Årsta Brygga (2017)
In a sentence: Chilled electronic pop from a viral marvel who’ve enjoyed widespread adoration since the release of their debut EP last year.
We’ve picked: I Don’t Know You, the spellbinding opening track from the Superclean Vol. I EP.
Selected discography: EPs – Superclean Vol. I (2017)
In a sentence: Cult indie singer-songwriter from Sweden who, with her ethereal vocals and dainty, plush instrumentation, has ascended in stature from album to album.
We’ve picked: It’s unlike any of her other output, but we’ve went with the incredible old-school synthpop edit of White Noise by Forêt de Vin. We’d love to see her work with him again.
Selected discography: Albums – Domino (2017), Contra (2014), Plastic House (2012); EPs – Ego (2013); Singles – White Noise (Forêt De Vin’s 1988 Edit) (2017), Change Of Heart (2015), State Of Low (2015), Follow You Down (2015)
Sheila and the Kit
In a sentence: Electropop upstarts and potential future movers from the Netherlands, a cheeky little pleasure with glossy vocals and ritzy, polished synths.
We’ve picked: The second single Next 2 U, released last year. It’s one of three singles to date.
Selected discography: Singles – Good Love Stories (2018), Next 2 U (2017), Homeschool Sweethearts (2017)
Let’s Eat Grandma
In a sentence: Young duo that take the fundamentals of pop and experiment zealously, from the eclecticism of their debut album to the wacky all-out pop of their 2018 rebirth.
We’ve picked: New single Hot Pink, a celebration of femininity and a much glossier take on their sound.
Selected discography: Albums – I, Gemini (2016); Singles – Hot Pink (2018), Sink (2016)
In a sentence: Not to be missed, the unparallaled world of singer-slash-rapper GIRLI is one of biting lyricism, insatiable rhythms and – as her proud moniker suggests – lofty femininity.
We’ve picked: Hot Mess. Specifically, the sharp original, although there’s a single take featuring Anteros to check out too.
Selected discography: EPs – Hot Mess (2017), Feel OK (2017); Singles – Mr 10pm Bedtime (with The Tuts, 2017), Hot Mess (with Anteros, 2017), Fuck Right Back Off To LA (2016), Girls Get Angry Too (2016), It Was My Party Last Night (2016), Too Much Fun (2016), Girl I Met On The Internet (2016), Breaking My Phone (2016), So You Think You Can Fuck With Me Do Ya / ASBOys (2015), Handbrake (2014)