For the past two years, I’ve been seeing the artist Lowell tossed around my social network feeds. Her videos and show listings have stood out on Facebook, but it wasn’t until last week that I actually checked out her music. I’m happy I did. Obviously, I have a thing for strong and empowering female musicians. I have the utmost admiration for fearless women. Lowell stands out among female artists these days not just because her music is fun and eclectic, but the subject matter is controversial yet very relevant. She does not hesitate when it comes to writing and singing about things like abuse, rape, women and LGBT rights. There’s a comparison to be made to MIA in this sense, where listeners are encouraged to express themselves and take pride in their individuality.
Lowell is like a combination of my favourite things in music. She has delicate vocals and a strong and powerful message with fun, punk-electro music behind it. I’m pretty excited about this new discovery as I really feel artists like Lowell are what’s missing from mainstream media. This is a pretty strange time in the world where something like sharing or liking a status is considered activism. Young girls believe that if they act like Miley Cyrus or Rihanna they’ll feel empowered. Music is way more influential than one usually assumes, so when an artist like Lowell appears on my radar all I can do is write a #MusicMonday piece on them and hope some of you take a listen.
On July 19th, she’ll be performing at the TIME Festival, which is taking place at Fort York and Garrison Common. Get your tickets here. Be sure to check out Lowell on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.
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