Hello, and welcome to (what I hope will be) a weekly feature on the blog where we highlight the work of an awesome lady in music. It is meant to be a combination of two of our favorite things: listening to music as a form of self-care AND supporting the talents and artistry of brilliant women.
Partly inspired by Gina Rodriquez’s latest #MovementMondays invitation to actively share the work of those that inspire and represent us, the idea for this feature came from a moment that quickly became a staple of Feminista planning and group meetings, when after discussing the month’s news, events, traumas, and planned actions, and before going our separate ways out into the world, we share videos, music, and other internet findings that make us happy, or at least remind us of the importance of seeking lightness from time to time.
This year is already off to a heavy start and we hope that a good tune or two at the beginning of the week will serve as a reminder to take a moment to breathe (or perhaps, even pump you up) before continuing with la lucha (in whatever form that might take for you individually).
Without further ado, this week we bring you the beautifully moody SZA.
SZA self-released two EPs, See.SZA.Run and S in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In late 2013, she became the first woman–and the first singer–signed to Los Angeles-based hip-hop label Top Dawg Entertainment, whose rosters also includes Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, which led to her first commercial release, 2014’s Z. Last Thursday, SZA announced her forthcoming record CTRL and graced us with a new single. “Drew Barrymore” is melancholic and subdued, yet romantically dramatic, much like parts of its namesake’s filmography.