• Francesca Lee

Francesca's Playlist: Women of Indie - Eclectic Mix

An indie eclectic mix of new voices of Women In Music.


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1. "Speak a Little Louder" - Diane Birch

Album - Speak a Little Louder


Diane Birch made her studio debut with 2009's Bible Belt, a combination of singer-songwriter soul and soft 70's-era pop in the vein of Carole King, Laura Nyro and Elton John. The Suzuki-trained pianist eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she began distilling her love for Motown, blues and old-fashioned pop into a uniquely retro sound.

Diane Birch - "Speak a Little Louder" - Audiotree Live

2. "Hurry Hurry" - Jessie Baylin

Album - Little Spark


Jessie Baylin is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter born April 4, 1984, in Gillette, New Jersey. Her debut album You was produced by Grammy Award winner Jesse Harris and is distributed only through iTunes. Jessie and her band have toured with and performed with Marc Broussard, James Morrison, Dolores O'Riordan, Brett Dennen, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Teitur and Newton Faulkner.

Jessie Baylin - "Hurry Hurry"

3. "Motion Sickness" - Phoebe Bridgers

Album - Stranger in the Alps

Phoebe Lucille Bridgers (born August 17, 1994) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer from Los Angeles, California. She made her solo debut with the studio album Stranger in the Alps (2017), followed by Punisher(2020), which earned Bridgers widespread critical acclaim and four Grammy Award nominations, including Best New Artist. Bridgers is also known for her membership in the musical groups boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center(with Conor Oberst).


Phoebe Bridgers - "Motion Sickness" (Official Video)

4. "Fourth Time Around" – Yo La Tengo

Album – I’m Not There (Music From The Motion Picture – Original Soundtrack)

Yo La Tengo (often abbreviated as YLT; Spanish for "I Have It") is an American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992 the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals) and James McNew (bass, vocals). In 2015, original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band and appears on their fourteenth album, Stuff Like That There.


Yo La Tengo - "Fourth Time Around"


5. "Volcano" - Damien Rice (featuring Lisa Hannigan)

Album - 0


Lisa Margaret Hannigan (born 12 February 1981) is an Irish musician, singer, composer and voice actress. She began her musical career as a member of Damien Rice's band. Since beginning her solo career in 2007 she has released three albums: Sea Sew(2008), Passenger(2011), and At Swim (2016). Hannigan's music has received award nominations both in Ireland and the United States. Hannigan also received attention in North America for her role as Blue Diamond in Steven Universe, an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar.

Damien Rice - "Volcano" - Official Video


6. "Souvenir " - boygenius

EP- boygenius

boygenius (stylized in all lowercase) is an indie rock supergroup formed in 2018 by American musicians Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. Their self-titled debut EP boygenius was written and recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles.

boygenius - "Souvenir" (Live on KEXP)

7. "Deadly Valentine" – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Album – Rest

Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971) is an English-French actress and singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. After making her musical debut with her father on the song "Lemon Incest" at the age of 12, she released an album with her father at the age of 15. More than 20 years passed before she released albums as an adult (5:55, IRM, Stage Whisper and Rest) to commercial and critical success. Gainsbourg has also appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, and has received a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.


Charlotte Gainsbourg - "Deadly Valentine" (Official Music Video)

8. "Receiver" – Pieta Brown

Album – Paradise Outlaw


The daughter of two preacher’s kids, Pieta Brown’s early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace, running water or TV. There, she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown, the now-beloved Midwestern folk singer. Later, while living with her mother in Birmingham, Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded these influences and began writing poems and composing instrumental songs on piano. By the time she left home at 18, she had lived in at least 19 different houses and apartments between Iowa and Alabama.

"Receiver" - Pieta Brown


9. "Cat Power" – Manhattan

Album - Sun


A one-of-a-kind artist unafraid to reveal her inner self and follow her muse in different directions, Cat Power's Chan Marshall pens literate and emotionally revealing songs and performs them with strength and fragility. Her earliest albums, such as 1996's What Would the Community Think, reflected the influence of New York's experimental rock scene. As time went on, however, the folk, blues and soul music she was raised on made themselves known on 1998's Moon Pix and 2006's The Greatest, which featured performances by Memphis soul legends. As Marshall continued to experiment, adding electronics on 2012's Sun and releasing one of her starkest albums yet with 2018's Wanderer, she established herself as one of the 21st century's most acclaimed singer/songwriters and paved the way for like-minded artists such as Mitski, Snail Mail and Angel Olsen.

"Cat Power" – Manhattan


10. "Down And Out Downtown" - St. Vincent

Album: Daddy’s Home

Annie Erin Clark (born September 28, 1982), known professionally as St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer. She began her music career as a member of the Polyphonic Spree. She was also a member of Sufjan Stevens's touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Her debut album is Marry Me (2007), followed by Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), St. Vincent (2014), Masseduction (2017) and Daddy's Home (2021).

St. Vincent - "Down And Out Downtown"

Compiled by Francesca Lee, Bread & Roses Producer