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

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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.

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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:​

FULL PLAYLIST

Lorde - Melodrama
Spotify | YouTube

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Spotify

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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

Extras
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
Sober
Homemade Dynamite
The Louvre
Liability
Hard Feelings/Loveless
Sober II (Melodrama)
Writer in the Dark
Supercut
Liability (Reprise)
Perfect Places

So Special
Loudspeaker
I Know a Place
Winterbreak
Around U
After
Promise
If You Love Me Now
Crying On The Bathroom Floor
End of Desire
Everything
Outro

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

Love
Lust for Life [ft. The Weeknd]
13 Beaches
Cherry
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]
Heroin
Change
Get Free

Dreamer feat. Starrah and RAYE
3AM (Pull Up) feat. MØ
Blame It On U
Roll With Me
Emotional
ILY2
White Roses
Babygirl feat. Uffie
Drugs feat. Abra
Lipgloss feat. CupcakKe

Hang On Me
Pills
Masseduction
Sugarboy
Los Ageless
Happy Birthday, Johnny
Savior
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

Rules
- 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.​
 
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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

Participants
Mokitsu*
Alouder98
Dylanaber
2014
Slaybellz*
Trouble In Paradise*
Happiestgirl*
Sanctuary
Enjoy*
Bleedingheart80*
JapaneseJesus
MollieSwift21
Serg.
Petty Mayonnaise
Haps*
LE0Night*
GimmeWork*
Bangers&Bops*
Hurricane Drunk
Joe.*
CorgiCorgiCorgi*
Animalia
Bolton*
Jwentz*
Sprockrooster*
Sfmartin*
tylerc904*
Ufint*
Jackarywoo*
Kuhleezi*
Ohnostalgia
Lost In Japan*
MiChiMadNesS
Lindsay Lohan
Jonathan27
Gagapourgaga
Theelusivechanteuse
Aester
Lila
Remorque
Digitalkaiser
Soratami*
NecessaryVoodoo
Michael17*
Cassava*
James Jupiter
Oleander
Euphoria*
Fantasy*
Kalonite*
Rdp
Remyky22
Stradiwhovius*
Rem
Daniel!
Heaven on Earth
RUNAWAY
Ashley Kerwin*
Heartswells
Beyoncésweave
Slice of Life*
A&E
constantino*

(*denotes commentary)

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Results

*1. Lorde - Perfect Places - 9.507936508
*2. Lorde - Green Light - 9.507936508
3. Lorde - Supercut - 9.38
4. MUNA - I Know A Place - 9.18
(TIE) 5. St. Vincent - Los Ageless - 9.1
(TIE) 5. Lana Del Rey - Love - 9.1
7. Lorde - The Louvre - 9.09
8. Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life - 8.83
9. St Vincent - New York - 8.75
10. MUNA - Crying On The Bathroom Floor - 8.746

~Top 10 summary~

11. Lorde - Sober - 8.740
12. Tove Lo - Disco Tits - 8.66
13. Lorde - Homemade Dynamite - 8.62
14. Lana Del Rey - Get Free - 8.49
15. George Maple - Hero - 8.48
16. Lana Del Rey - 13 Beaches - 8.39
(TIE) 17. Lana Del Rey - Cherry - 8.37
(TIE) 17. MUNA - Loudspeaker - 8.37
19. Charli XCX - ILY2 - 8.35
20. MUNA - So Special - 8.34

~Top 20 summary~

21. Lorde - Hard Feelings/Loveless - 8.33
22. Lorde - Liability - 8.31
23. HAIM - Want You Back - 8.30
24. MUNA - Around U - 8.27
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

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n 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
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.
 
1. Empress Of - Go To Hell
2. Tei Shei - Say You Do
3. Briana Marela - Give Me Your Love
4. Anna Of The North - Someone
5. Tove Lo - Disco Tits
6. Susanne Sundfør - Uncover
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
Yas at these extras.

But where is Allie X beast?
 
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.
 

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