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Female Singer/Songwriters TO DIE FOR!

Leonora Skov
 
Choreography
Choreography
"A highly melodious outing from Lauren. If you like Cat's The Greatest you'll love this. Try Broken and Ghost You Know. Her debut, Megiddo, recalls the angrier work of PJ and Fiona. Worth a listen."
Entropy 29
Entropy 29
"Hyper talented Terami creates theatrical dreampop with her soaring voice, prominent piano playing, and rich computer programming. Yes, she does it all herself. Try Anywhere But Here and Little Light"
Little Earthquakes
Little Earthquakes
"The album that changed my life back in 1993. It remains my favourite along with Natalie's Ophelia, Fiona's Tidal, Sarah's Surfacing, PJ's Stories From the City, and Kate's This Woman's Work."
Spine
Spine
"Canadian Veda Hille has apparently released a bunch of albums. Spine is the only one I'm familiar with. Impressive songwriting and experimental pianowork like Tori. I need more! Try Sweet."
Begin to Hope
Begin to Hope
"Regina Spektor's big label debut oozes with personality and quirkiness. Tunes like On the Radio and Better are memorable for their beat, Samson for Spektor's piano playing. An eccentric album. Dive in"
The Blackened Air
The Blackened Air
"Stylish, minimalistic album. Superb songwriting and whispery vocals. Ideal for late evenings and rainy sundays. Try This Is What It Is and Ocean. Her debut album, Dogs, is equally great."
Far
Far
"Intimate and confident album from my fellow Dane, Tina Dickow. Give Warm Sand a listen and get hold of her splendid, stripped down Notes (not available here) if you can."
Poise Is The Greater Architect
Poise Is The Greater Architect
"Ilya sounds like a weird combination of Massive Attack, Fiona, and Björk. The songwriting is a little weak at points, but tunes like Blatchford and Isola rock."
Eivor
Eivor
"Faroese singer/songwriter Eivør sings in Faroese, Icelandic, Swedish, and English (!) Her voice is crystalline and her material startling. Both traditional and innovative. Try Við gengum tvö."
Lullaby for Liquid Pig
Lullaby for Liquid Pig
"This woman is the answer to all your prayers if you love PJ, Kristin Hersh, and Shannon Wright. Try From a Shell and do buy har spooky Geek the Girl and queer side project, OP8."
O Seasons O Castles
O Seasons O Castles
"That voice! Dark and rich like a nouvelle Alison Moyet. It's all over the place on this, her debut. A collection of silently haunting, literary tunes that demand repeated listening. Try Hestia."
Ohio
Ohio
"I have Over the Rhine on heavy rotation these days. Try the title track and She. Karin Bergquist sings like an angel and I love the folksy feel to this record. Similar to Hem and Innocence Mission."
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight
"Latest album from Happy whose voice ranges from the highs of Kate Bush to the lows of Alison Moyet. Gorgeous synth production, dreamy Laurie A.-like soundscapes. Astounding avantgarde. Try Tragic"
The Lovely
The Lovely
"Mara Carlyle comes across as a quirky Norah Jones. Her jazzy material is surprisingly strong and there's plenty of saw (!) and cello going on. I Blame You Not and Lost to Sea are gorgeous tracks."
Let It Die
Let It Die
"..Just in case you've missed out.. Feist is clearly my No. 1 discovery of 2005. Reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones, especially on Mushaboom. Try One Evening and La Sirena on her debut, Monarch, as well."
Lilywhite
Lilywhite
"Surprisingly great album from this virtually unknown group. Catchy, trippy tunes,  poignant lyrics. Reminds me A LOT of a low-fi Aimee Mann. Try Three AM and Lilywhite."
Grand
Grand
"An inspired, sparkling collection from folksy Erin. Slung-Lo and How to Be a Lady will make your day. Get her other albums as well."
Lady & Bird
Lady & Bird
"Lady and Bird is French singer/songwriter Keren Ann's charming side project with Bardi Johannson. I prefer this over her solo work which tend lack personality and temper. Try Stephanie Says."
Quelqu'Un M'a Dit
Quelqu'Un M'a Dit
"Yes, this is Carla Bruni the model and this album is way better than I expected. Carla sounds like Jane Birkin, her songwriting is great, and the outing oozes with atmosphere. Try the title track."
Beth Waters
Beth Waters
"Pianodriven bliss. Similar to Sarah McLachlan, Rosie Thomas, Leona Naess and Tori. Try Down to Me and Sweaters - an instant favourite."
Le Fil
Le Fil
"Camille has made my year! She's sassy, she's experimental, and she's totally her own woman. Oh yes – and she's French. Try Ta Douleur. You might enjoy whispery Coralie Clément as well."
Little Things
Little Things
"Norwegian wonder with pretty unusual instrumentation - everyday sounds, for instance. Sounds like Bjork's long lost sister at times. Or Emiliana Torrini's. Try Searching."
Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
"Wall-to-wall sounding, but in an utterly charming way with lots of cellos and grandeur. Particularly on the stunning Better Left Unsaid. Lily's voice is reminiscent of Kate Bush. Promising, indeed!"
Zipless
Zipless
"Vanessa's debut is amazingly bawdy. Whispery vocals, great lyrics by Erica Jong. This is makeout music with style. Easily her best work. Try The Long Tunnel of Wanting You."
Befriended
Befriended
"You can't go wrong with Innocence Mission. Try One for Sorrrow. If you enjoyed this list check out my 2005-list, Female Singer/Songwriters – the Ultimate List. Take care and endulge :-) Leonora"