FEISTY's Women On Vox 2018
Part 2 of Women On Vox profiles artists including Pale Waves, Let's Eat Grandma, Peaness and Anna of the North

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.

Charly Bliss
Charly Bliss feature in Part 2 of Women On Vox. Photo: Em Grey

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:

Pale Waves

Pale Waves
Pale Waves

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.

Hometown: Manchester, UK
Vocalist: Heather Baron-Gracie
Spotify followers: 54,026
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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

Anna of the North
Anna of the North’s Anna Lotterud. Photo: Jonathan Vivaas Kise

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.

Hometown: Gjøvik, NO
Vocalist: Anna Lotterud
Spotify followers: 51,099
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Albums – Lovers (2017); Singles – Oslo (2017), Us (2016), The Dreamer (2015), Sway / Undervann (2014), ILYAF 1996 (2014)

Kitten

Kitten
Kitten

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.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Vocalist: Chloe Chaidez
Spotify followers: 16,499
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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)

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends
Fickle Friends

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.

Hometown: Brighton, UK
Vocalist: Natassja Shiner
Spotify followers: 45,878
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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)

Skott

Skott
Skott

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.

Hometown: Vikarbyn, SE
Vocalist: Pauline Skott
Spotify followers: 35,000
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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)

Wild Ones

Wild Ones
Wild Ones. Photo: Jeremy Hernandez

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.

Hometown: Portland, OR, USA
Vocalist: Danielle Sullivan
Spotify followers: 11,434
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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)

Kristin Kontrol

Kristin Kontrol
Kristin Kontrol

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.

Hometown: San Leandro, CA, USA
Vocalist: Kristin Welchez
Spotify followers: 4,779
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Albums – X-Communicate (2016); Singles – Concrete Love (2017), Baby Are You In? (2016)

Nelson Can

Nelson Can at Headrow House in Leeds
Nelson Can. Photo: Katy Blackwood

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.

Hometown: Copenhagen, DK
Vocalist: Selina Gin
Spotify followers: 4,746
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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)

Gothic Tropic

Gothic Tropic's Cecilia Della Peruti
Gothic Tropic. Photo: Katy Blackwood

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.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Vocalist: Cecilia Della Peruti
Spotify followers: 3,393
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Albums – Fast Or Feast (2017); EPs – Awesome Problems (2011); Singles – Puppet Master (2015), Underwater Games / Bird Of Prey (2014)

Ardyn

Ardyn
Ardyn. Photo: Isaac Eastgate

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.

Hometown: Stroud, UK
Vocalist: Katy Pearson
Spotify followers: 3,832
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: EPs – Bloom (2017), The Valley (2016), Universe (2015)

Cronicle

Cronicle
Cronicle. Photo: Katy Blackwood

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.

Hometown: Stockholm, SE
Vocalist: Melanie Mohlkert
Spotify followers: 56
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Singles – Head Up & High (2018)

HALIE

HALIE
HALIE

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.

Hometown: Bergen, NO
Vocalist: Hannah Emilie Grung
Spotify followers: 924
Links: FacebookInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Singles – Youth (2018), Echo (2017)

Pixey

Pixey
Pixey

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.

Hometown: Liverpool, UK
Vocalist: Lizzie Hillesdon
Spotify followers: 609
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Singles – Hometown (2017), Birthday (2017), Young (2016)

Peaness

Peaness
Peaness

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.

Hometown: Chester, UK
Vocalists: Carlea “Balla” Balbenta, Jess Branley
Spotify followers: 861
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: EPs – Are You Sure? (2017), No Fun (2015)

Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss
Charly Bliss. Photo: Shervin Lainez

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.

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Vocalist: Eva Hendricks
Spotify followers: 12,943
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Albums – Guppy (2017); EPs – Soft Serve (2014); Singles – Turd (2016), Clean (2013)

Miss World

Miss World
Miss World

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.

Hometown: London, UK
Vocalist: Natalie Chahal
Spotify followers: 207
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: EPs – Waist Management (2017)

The Regrettes

The Regrettes
The Regrettes

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.

Hometown: Eagle Rock, CA, USA
Vocalist: Lydia Night
Spotify followers: 22,486
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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

Thea and the Wild
Thea and the Wild. Photo: Julia Naglestad

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.

Hometown: Oslo, NO
Vocalist: Thea Glenton Raknes
Spotify followers: 821
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Albums – Ikaros (2018), Strangers and Lovers (2014)

ASTR

ASTR
ASTR

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.

Hometown: New York City, NY, USA
Vocalist: Zoe Silverman
Spotify followers: 36,428
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: EPs – Homecoming (2015), Varsity (2014); Singles – Ritual (2018), In Your Eyes (2018)

La Lusid

La Lusid
La Lusid

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.

Hometown: Stockholm, SE
Vocalist: Paulina Palmgren
Spotify followers: 267
Links: FacebookInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: EPs – Legend (2017), Legend (Swedish Version) (2017); Singles – Empty Bones (2018), Årsta Brygga (2017)

The Marías

The Marías
The Marías

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.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Vocalist: Maria Zardoya
Spotify followers: 19,666
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: EPs – Superclean Vol. I (2017)

Cajsa Siik

Cajsa Siik
Cajsa Siik. Photo: Elinor Wermeling

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.

Hometown: Umeå, SE
Vocalist: Cajsa Siik
Spotify followers: 3,332
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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

Sheila and the Kit
Sheila and the Kit. Photo: Elsemarijn Bruys

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.

Hometown: Amsterdam, NL
Vocalist: Suzanne Kipping
Spotify followers: 59
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Singles – Good Love Stories (2018), Next 2 U (2017), Homeschool Sweethearts (2017)

Let’s Eat Grandma

Let's Eat Grandma
Let’s Eat Grandma. Photo: Charlotte Patmore

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.

Hometown: Norwich, UK
Vocalists: Rosa Walton, Jenny Hollingworth
Spotify followers: 11,945
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

Selected discography: Albums – I, Gemini (2016); Singles – Hot Pink (2018), Sink (2016)

GIRLI

GIRLI
GIRLI

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.

Hometown: London, UK
Vocalist: Milly Toomey
Spotify followers: 14,255
Links: FacebookTwitterInstagramSpotify

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)

Part 3 of FEISTY’s Women On Vox will be published on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Like what you’ve heard? Let us know, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.