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#24 - The Indie/Alt Pop/Not-quite-'Mainstream'-but-still-accessible Girls 2017 Rate!!1

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by constantino, Oct 23, 2017.

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    Hi xx

    The time is finally upon us. Let us come together to celebrate the many INCREDIBLE releases the women of indie have gifted us with over the past year.


    This has been a LONG TIME coming and I’m delighted to finally share but I have been labouriously working on since June (mainly the artwork ddd). Now, despite countless cases of label limbo nearly wiping out my indie faves, we have been treated to a hell of a lot of excellent albums over the last few years, but 2017 has truly spoiled us. As the world falls apart, THANK GOD for these fabulous woman, eh?

    In fact, so fruitful was their labour that I struggled picking entrants for this rate, with the likes of The xx, London Grammar and Wolf Alice falling as I decided to make this a man-free space (sans the hunties participating, obvz). I’m planning on maybe doing an extension rate for these bands in the future so watch that space. But for now, after months of flip-flopping, indecision and last-minute-additions/subtractions, I have finally settled on the six albums that will be competing in this rate.

    The first major release of the year came in the form of Lorde’s Melodrama, the highly-anticipated follow-up to her world-conquering debut Pure Heroine. After initial concerns surrounding the pre-released material, she shut us ALL the fuck up with what turned out to be an incredible body of work.

    The build-up to Lana Del Rey’s fourth-ish studio album was equally taxing and cynicism-inducing, but yet again, she blew our expectations into the stratosphere (along with our wigs) with Lust For Life, arguably her strongest released to date. Joining these two veterans is a new entry to the indie pop elite, LA-based synth-poppers MUNA came through with the best debut album of the year in the form of the flawless About U.

    With 3 spots left to fill (in keeping with the template set by @Petty Mayonnaise with the smash-hit Alt-Pop Girls rate, which rather aptly enjoyed its own set of delays throughout its run), I continued my search. Despite *technically* not being an actual album, I decided to include Charli’s Number 1 Angel because it really is a masterclass is experimental alt-bubblegum (?) pop and with XCX3 nowhere in sight, I don’t know when exactly her next discography rate will be (poor @Number). After much deliberation, I decided to include Haim’s Something To Tell You despite most people hating it, because it’s my rate, not yours. I have no doubt that y’all will be merciless but I’ve already nailed myself to that cross seaux...

    As it became evident that Sky Ferreira would not be releasing her new album this decade and was too busy with her stupid low-budget art college NY hipster shite to record the damn thing, I began to look for our sixth and final participant. I had also given up on Annie Clarke (St. Vincent) by this point, who was dragging her heels with her album roll out, which I had no time for quite frankly. However, Miss Thang came the fuck through with possibly the album of the 2017, making her perfectly in-time to join the line-up.

    But WAIT, there’s more! As a true HipsterJustice member, I stan many an artist that many of y’all have never heard of and as such, I’ve decided to use this opportunity to plug as many of my faves as possible. I have compiled an ‘extras’ section consisting of a song from 12 of my favourite female artists from across the ‘indie’ spectrum. Use this as an opportunity to discover something new! If I have time, I may also be dropping some further recommendations throughout the voting period.

    So once again, here are the participating songs for this rate:​


    Lorde - Melodrama
    Spotify | YouTube


    1. Green Light
    2. Sober
    3. Homemade Dynamite
    4. The Louvre
    5. Liability
    6. Hard Feelings/Loveless
    7. Sober II (Melodrama)
    8. Writer in the Dark
    9. Supercut
    10. Liability (Reprise)
    11. Perfect Places

    MUNA - About U
    Spotify | YouTube


    1. So Special
    2. Loudspeaker
    3. I Know a Place
    4. Winterbreak
    5. Around U
    6. After
    7. Promise
    8. If You Love Me Now
    9. Crying On The Bathroom Floor
    10. End of Desire
    11. Everything
    12. Outro

    HAIM - Something To Tell You
    Spotify | YouTube


    1.Want You Back
    2. Nothing’s Wrong
    3. Little Of Your Love
    4. Ready For You
    5. Something To Tell You
    6. You Never Knew
    7. Kept Me Crying
    8. Found It In Silence
    9. Walking Away
    10. Right Now
    11. Night So Long

    Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
    Spotify | YouTube


    1. Love
    2. Lust for Life (ft. The Weeknd)
    3. 13 Beaches
    4. Cherry
    5. White Mustang
    6. Summer Bummer (ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti)
    7. Groupie Love (ft. A$AP Rocky)
    8. In My Feelings
    9. Coachella (Woodstock in My Mind)
    10. God Bless America, And all the Beautiful Women in It
    11. When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing
    12. Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (ft. Stevie Nicks)
    13. Tomorrow Never Came (ft. Sean Ono Lennon)
    14. Heroin
    15. Change
    16. Get Free

    Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel
    Spotify | YouTube


    1. Dreamer feat. Starrah and RAYE
    2. 3AM (Pull Up) feat. MØ
    3. Blame It On U
    4. Roll With Me
    5. Emotional
    6. ILY2
    7. White Roses
    8. Babygirl feat. Uffie
    9. Drugs feat. Abra
    10. Lipgloss feat. CupcakKe

    St. Vincent - Masseduction


    1. Hang On Me
    2. Pills
    3. Masseduction
    4. Sugarboy
    5. Los Ageless
    6. Happy Birthday, Johnny
    7. Savior
    8. New York
    9. Fear The Future
    10. Young Lover
    11. Dancing with a Ghost
    12. Slow Disco
    13. Smoking Section

    YouTube playlist

    1. Empress Of - Go To Hell
    2. Tei Shi - Say You Do
    3. Briana Marela - Give Me Your Love
    4. Anna Of The North - Someone
    5. Tove Lo - Disco Tits
    6. Susanne Sundfør - Undercover
    7. Zola Jesus - Remains
    8. George Maple - Hero
    9. Japanese Breakfast - Machinist
    10. Lydia Ainsworth - The Road
    11. Ibeyi - Away Away
    12. Kelly Lee Owens - Lucid

    PM-able list
    Green Light
    Homemade Dynamite
    The Louvre
    Hard Feelings/Loveless
    Sober II (Melodrama)
    Writer in the Dark
    Liability (Reprise)
    Perfect Places

    So Special
    I Know a Place
    Around U
    If You Love Me Now
    Crying On The Bathroom Floor
    End of Desire

    Want You Back
    Nothing’s Wrong
    Little Of Your Love
    Ready For You
    Something To Tell You
    You Never Knew
    Kept Me Crying
    Found It In Silence
    Walking Away
    Right Now
    Night So Long

    Lust for Life [ft. The Weeknd]
    13 Beaches
    White Mustang
    Summer Bummer [ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti]
    Groupie Love [ft. A$AP Rocky]
    In My Feelings
    Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind
    God Bless America - And all the Beautiful Women in It
    When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing
    Beautiful People Beautiful Problems [ft. Stevie Nicks]
    Tomorrow Never Came [ft. Sean Ono Lennon]
    Get Free

    Dreamer feat. Starrah and RAYE
    3AM (Pull Up) feat. MØ
    Blame It On U
    Roll With Me
    White Roses
    Babygirl feat. Uffie
    Drugs feat. Abra
    Lipgloss feat. CupcakKe

    Hang On Me
    Los Ageless
    Happy Birthday, Johnny
    New York
    Fear The Future
    Young Lover
    Slow Disco
    Smoking Section

    Empress Of - Go To Hell
    Tei Shi - Say You Do
    Briana Marela - Give Me Your Love
    Anna Of The North - Someone
    Tove Lo - Disco Tits
    Susanne Sundfør - Uncover
    Zola Jesus - Remains
    George Maple - Hero
    Japanese Breakfast - Machinist
    Lydia Ainsworth - The Road
    Ibeyi - Away Away
    Kelly Lee Owens - Lucid

    - Rate all the songs with a score between 0-10.
    - One song, and one song only, can receive an 11.
    - Decimal points are allowed, but don’t take the piss.
    - Commentary is more-than welcome, [good] gifs and drag race references are of course appreciated.
    - Troll ballots will be disposed of.
    - Please send me the songs in the order I have given them to you, don’t take the piss.

    Voting opens on the 30th of October, but if you wanna somehow submit before then go ahead lol. The purpose of opening the thread early is to allow you to get conformable with the material you’re less familiar with.

    Voting will close on the 15th of December, due to my clusterfuck of uni deadlines at the end of the term. That roughly works out as a week per section if you include the week-long pre-voting period, so I really do not want to have to extend voting beyond that Friday.​
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2017
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  2. Pre-rate FYC reviews and participants

    FYC Album reviews
    FYC #1 - Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm
    FYC #2 - Kedr Livanskiy - Ariadna
    FYC #3 - Tegan and Sara - The Con X: Covers
    FYC #4 - Fever Ray - Plunge
    FYC #5 - Vagabon - Infinite Worlds
    FYC #6 - Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
    FYC #7 - Rina Sawayama - Rina
    FYC #8 - Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
    FYC #9 - Yaeji - EP2
    FYC #10 - Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology

    Leaderboard tea
    10 voters in
    20 voters in
    30 voters in
    40 voters in

    Trouble In Paradise*
    Petty Mayonnaise
    Hurricane Drunk
    Lost In Japan*
    Lindsay Lohan
    James Jupiter
    Heaven on Earth
    Ashley Kerwin*
    Slice of Life*

    (*denotes commentary)

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2017
  3. Results

    25. St Vincent - Masseduction - 8.24
    (TIE) 26. Susanne Sundfør - Undercover - 8.19
    (TIE) 26. MUNA - Everything - 8.19
    28. Tei Shi - Say You Do - 8.175
    29. Charli XCX - 3AM (Pull Up) (featuring MØ) - 8.17
    30. St Vincent - Young Lover - 8.08

    ~Top 30 summary~

    31. Charli XCX - Lipgloss (featuring CupcakKe) - 8.04
    32. Lana Del Rey - God Bless America - and All The Beautiful Women In It - 8.02
    33. Lorde - Writer In The Dark - 8
    34. MUNA - Winterbreak - 7.93
    35. MUNA - End of Desire - 7.86
    36. St Vincent - Slow Disco - 7.84
    37. St Vincent - Pills - 7.81
    38. Lana Del Rey - Summer Bummer (featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti) - 7.801
    39. Lorde - Sober II (Melodrama) - 7.802
    40. St Vincent - Sugarboy - 7.77

    ~ Top 40 summary ~

    41. Lana Del Rey - Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (ft. Stevie Nicks) - 7.75
    42. Anna Of The North - Someone - 7.73
    43. St Vincent - Happy Birthday, Johnny - 7.69
    44. Charli XCX - Dreamer (featuring Starrah and RAYE) - 7.643
    45. St Vincent - Smoking Section - 7.640
    (TIE) 46. Lana Del Rey - Change - 7.591
    (TIE) 46. HAIM - Little Of Your Love - 7.591
    48. Japanese Breakfast - Machinist - 7.590
    49. Lana Del Rey - When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing - 7.58
    50. Lana Del Rey - Heroin - 7.57

    ~ Top 50 summary ~

    51. Lorde - Liability (Reprise) - 7.53
    52. St Vincent - Hang On Me - 7.52
    53. St Vincent - Savior - 7.48
    54. Charli XCX - Emotional - 7.476
    55. Lana Del Rey - In My Feelings - 7.472
    56. MUNA - Promise - 7.46
    57. Zola Jesus - Remains - 7.43
    58. Charli XCX - Drugs (featuring ABRA) - 7.404)
    (TIE) 59. MUNA - If U Love Me Now - 7.40
    (TIE) 59. Empress Of - Go To Hell - 7.40

    ~ Top 60 summary ~

    61. St Vincent - Fear The Future - 7.36
    62. Lana Del Rey - Groupie Love (featuring A$AP Rocky) - 7.33
    63. HAIM - You Never Knew - 7.29
    64. Charli XCX - Babygirl (featuring Uffie) - 7.28
    65. Lana Del Rey - Tomorrow Never Came (featuring Sean Ono Lennon) - 7.25
    66. Lana Del Rey - Coachella (Woodstock On My Mind) - 7.21
    (TIE) 67. Lydia Ainsworth - The Road - 7.20
    (TIE) 67. HAIM - Nothing's Wrong - 7.20
    69. Charli XCX - Roll With Me - 7.19
    70. Lana Del Rey - White Mustang - 7.11

    ~ Top 70 summary ~

    71. Charli XCX - White Roses - 7
    72. Kelly Lee Owens - Lucid - 6.87
    73. HAIM - Something To Tell You - 6.74
    74. HAIM - Walking Away - 6.726
    75. HAIM - Found It In Silence - 6.722
    76. MUNA - Outro - 6.720
    77. MUNA - After - 6.65
    78. HAIM - Right Now - 6.60
    79. Charli XCX - Blame It On U - 6.59
    80. HAIM - Ready For You - 6.57
    81. HAIM - Kept Me Crying - 6.53
    82. Ibeyi - Away Away - 6.5
    83. HAIM - Night So Long - 6.39
    84. Briana Marela - Give Me Your Love - 6.23

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018 at 12:42 AM
  4. RESERVED for post-rate album reviews and summaries

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
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    nn not ready for the JBrekkie slander.
    aaronhansome, Remorque, A&E and 8 others like this.
  6. Flawless rate.
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  8. Understandable criteria. Poor London Grammar, to niche for an own rate and too masc for an indie rate.

    I am a bit uncertain whether I would participate. There are three albums here I really do not like (MUNA, HAIM and Charli XCX). So let me watch on the sidelines and start sending hateful comments when Lana is served dust and some of Lorde.
    londonrain and constantino like this.
  9. Don't vote.
  10. I love MUNA

    Actually idontknowher.gif but I guess now is a good time to see what the fuss is about.
    Oleander, Kuhleezi, LE0Night and 2 others like this.
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    Why does someone always spontaneously catch dyslexia every time her name comes up like why Susanne sis I'm so sorry.
    aaronhansome, Remorque, haps and 17 others like this.
  13. I quit.

    Remorque, A&E, 2014 and 12 others like this.


    Prepared to burn this entire fucking forum down if MUNA doesn’t sweep.
  15. Yas at these extras.

    But where is Allie X beast?
    haps, flowersandu, Oleander and 11 others like this.
  16. Hmm I have a month+ so I probably will do this. I haven't heard any St. Vincent before so was initially gonna pass this up.

    I need to help my gorls Charli and Lana out since they are the best "albums" of 2017.
    soratami and constantino like this.
  17. Don’t you fucking DARE SPROCKROOSTER
  18. I feel like Dua should be on here teebs
    Jersey and LE0Night like this.
  19. She already competed (and sIayed) in @slaybellz's Freshmen Class Rate earlier this year.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2017
  20. I basically have every single score in my head already but I'm gonna take some time to brush up on the HAIM album because I don't remember it at all

    aaronhansome, Remorque, Noir and 14 others like this.