Ali Barter - where to start? Some might say this remarkable artist from Collingwood first came into national consciousness when her song Girlie Bits made triple j's Hottest 100. But Ali has actually been recording and performing music since 2012, and before that, she sang in the Australian Girls choir for a decade. Her latest album A Suitable Girl - released in March this year after a couple of EPs and singles - is making waves for its musical sensibilities but also its underlying message of womens' strength. It would seem if there is one thing Ali is passionate about it is women in music. In an interview with The Right Note TV show, Ali tells Rolling Stone editor Rod Yates that she remembers sitting in a music history class and studying so many men in music, and was exasperated by the omission of women from music history. In December last year, her frustration led to a passionate Facebook post, which was removed at the request of university staff. Ali deleted the post but not long afterwards, her sentiments remained in a now widely shared opinion piece published on Junkee, the popular arts and culture website. In the piece, Ali references the many women who have been under represented and not celebrated enough when it comes to reciting music history. The feminist rocker brand is not one that Ali appears to be chasing, but her passion for women - past, present and future - in music, and more broadly art, is impossible to deny because it is something that is very deep rooted in who she is as a person. But that shouldn't distract from the fact that Ali Barter is an incredibly gifted, trained and dedicated musician, songwriter, performer, and creator of music full stop. On A Suitable Girl Ali Barter's clean, feminine voice is backed by super cool indie-rock licks and vibes, but her important underlying message to celebrate and speak up for women is a brilliant, and necessary for our times, bonus. Ali Barter took some much appreciated time from her very busy career to give Music Love this interview where she talks about Australian women in music, looking after her voice, and the last thing she saw that blew her mind.Read More
BATTS is the musical project of Melbourne-based singer and songwriter Tanya Batt. You should run, not walk, back in time to 2015 and listen to her single Morals (conveniently featured below). It may have been BATTS' debut single but it reached the heights with one million plays online.Read More
The lyrics from Emily Wurramara’s single Black Smoke transport you to another place. At just twenty years old, Emily has mastered the art of taking her listeners on a journey filled with imagery that evoke feelings of nostalgia and a sense of belonging.