Inigo’s top ten frontwomen in Australian music

When it comes to debut singles, Brisbane artist INIGO has just shared a masterclass in how to do it bloody well. Entering in style with ‘Hurricane’, she commands attention from the very first seconds and never lets up. From a Foals-inspired indie-rock approach in the production, the innate soulful nature of Inigo‘s voice and an undeniable pop infusion, ‘Hurricane’ is as just about as good as it gets when it comes to debut singles.

Hurricane is about learning to live in the moment. I’m always thinking 23 steps ahead, and spending my ‘moments’ trying to prepare and plan for future ‘moments’. It’s about facing and embracing the eye of the storm, redefining ‘the moment’ and allowing myself to be swept off my feet and instead, be caught up and be completely present,“ Inigo said of the release, which doubles as the first taste of a forthcoming EP due out in April 2019. Co-produced by LANKS and Aidan Hogg (WAAX, Jeremy Neale) and mixed by Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy), Inigo is in very good company and she uses these talented collaborators to her advantage to shine so bright. 

To get to know her a little better and to celebrate the release of ‘Hurricane’, Inigo has given us the ultimate playlist of her favourite frontwomen in Australian music. Check it all out below and catch her on tour next month!

Ngaiire is just a powerhouse. Her onstage presence is so commanding and I watch every set with an unmovable stank face. Vocally too, she’s bloody flawless.

Patience Hodgson (The Grates)
Patience Hodgson is one of the first front-women I took notes from. I remember being in awe of how much energy and fun she could bring to a set. It’s like everyone in the crowd is her best friend and she’s just baked a musical cake especially for you.

Marie DeVita (Waax)
You could never ping Maz for not giving her audience everything as a performer. Her emotion, dedication and delivery of Waax’s songs is raw, yet super polished and so enthralling.

Sampa The Great
The way Sampa performs onstage is like she feels rhythm in a different way and her body moves accordingly. She exudes all kinds of joy, defiance and passion in her shows.

Alice Ivy
Alice Ivy knows how to party. She’ll get you down on the ground and back up again without you even realising she just made you do it. Full of energy and good times, I always catch myself smiling and dancing with what feels like 300+ new friends.

Moreton is the kind of story teller that you can feel comfortable listening to while sitting solo in the corner of a bar with a hot toddie, just taking it all in. Her stories are so relatable and honest, and leave you feeling warm and snug.

I first saw Okenyo earlier this year and was hit with undeniable strength. Strength in her songs, strength in what she brings as a performer, and strength in being a woman. Switching between spoken word, rapping and singing as well as adding dance moves to the mix, Okenyo seems kinda unstoppable. 

Jaala’s performance is a perfect mix of kooky and genius. Her banter is so brutally honest, and her songs are so beautifully delicate, yet filled with such strength and oomph. It’s entrancing to watch her be completely unique and contrasting within her onstage performance.

Kaiit is a sensational singer, there’s no doubt about it (even Jill Scott said so OMG). Her presence onstage is so considered and present.  You can feel how grateful and humbled she is by having so many people connect with what she’s bringing to the stage, which makes every show so special.

All Our Exes Live In Texas
AOELIT literally ooze charisma. I’m in tears for both their hilarious banter as well as their beautiful songs. Four phenomenal musicians working together like a perfect harmony infused jigsaw.

Tour Dates:

Thu 4 October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Fri 5 October – Bunker Records, Toowoomba
Sat 6 October – Crafted Festival, Gold Coast
Sun 7 October – SolBar, Maroochydore
Thu 1 November – Gaso Upstairs, Melbourne
Fri 2 November – Union Hotel, Sydney

Introduction by Emma Jones





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