Sarah's Musical Kitchen: Top 5 Most Unique Female Vocalists
- Mar 01, 2010
Sarah's Musical Kitchen looks at the Top 5 Most “Unique” Female Vocalists for Virgin Top Music Blogs:
Music evokes such a myriad of different emotions, from the instruments that envelop your ears to the tone of the vocals laid on the track. Whatever genre of music you may be listening to there is no better connection than that between you and the vocalist.
Every singer has their own voice. One particular voice might rise above the others as the most unique, but every singer has a voice that cannot be duplicated by anybody else. I love listening to a track and feeling transported to another dimension, and each one of these vocalists takes me to a different place.
Here are five of my favorite female vocalists putting out music today. I chose these particular five not because of their impressive vocal acrobats, but for the tones that propel them above the rest. I admire and respect the Beyonce’s and Christina’s in the business and how impressive their vocal prowess is, but these 5 ladies are setting the creative bar to different heights, that continue to captivate me as a listener.
Santigold (Santi White)
I first heard Santigold, formerly Santogold, a little over a year ago and was immediately hooked. “Creator” was the first song I heard and it is so genius in the entire production of the track. It felt so unique and fresh to me in a time when music was getting more and more stale and boring. Her blend of reggie, indie, new wave, and pop folds beautifully into tracks that just make you want to get up and dance. Santigold isn’t just a unique voice on an album but everything you would want in a performer as well. I saw her live at the House of Blues last year and the show was pure fun! I’m anxiously awaiting the new album!!!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen O):
From her wild outfits to crazy on-stage antics Karen O is an absolute show stopper. Her presence is magnified by the multiple layers of her unique voice. She has such a softness that can be heard in songs like “Soft Shock” and “Sweet” and then she channels her inner rock star on songs like “Rich” and “Phenomena”. The final layer will get you moving with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s latest single, “Heads Will Roll”. She’s fun to watch, fun to listen to, and all three albums deliver from beginning to end.
Fever Ray (Karin Elisabeth Dreijer):
I was recently introduced to Fever Ray and I love the mysterious and haunting quality to her voice. At first listen she immediately reminded me of Bjork (5th on my list) but definitely with her own sound. From “When I Grow Up” to “Concrete Walls” her experimentation is refreshingly different. I’m looking forward to delving in deeper to her music, including her group The Knife.
Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan):
Bat for Lashes lead singer Natasha Khan has a peaceful yet dark, and almost hypnotic quality to her voice. She portrays such an array of emotion that really pushes me deep into the music. With every distinct layer, I can really feel a connection in every one of her songs. “Glass” and “Daniel” are just a few of my favorites on Bat for Lashes’ sophomore release.
You can’t have a list of unique vocalists and not include Bjork. She has one of the most noticeable voices in music today that lends itself to a unique blend of power and child like resonance that few can touch. Bjork was one of the first artists that really showcased a severe step from the ordinary that is so intriguing on every musical level. She reels you in with the look, the voice, and especially the performance. She epitomizes uniqueness and after all these years still keeps me listening.
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