The Oregon Woman: Playlist

11 Best New Songs by Oregon Women

Raspy rock, dance pop, and motormouth hip-hop fuel this must-blast playlist.

By Rebecca Jacobson April 24, 2018 Published in the May 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

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From left: Haley Heynderickx, Frankie Simone, Blossom

War Paint,” Frankie Simone: commanding dance pop, and a radio-ready rallying cry for queer self-acceptance

Good/Gravy,” The Last Artful, Dodgr: the rapper brings her inimitably nasal, limber voice to this sly two-part track.

Ask Me to Stay,” Jessica Boudreaux: a snarling, synth-tinged track from the Summer Cannibals front woman

Oom Sha La La,” Haley Heynderickx: over doo-wop-inflected folk, Heynderickx fights existential angst while cataloging the decaying contents of her fridge.

Mood Indigo,” Kathleen Saadat: the civil rights activist brings soulful vocals to a jazz classic

Get Out,” Sallie Ford: with raw vocals and a retro feel, desperation never sounded so good.

Fire,” Beth Ditto: raspy rock showcasing the former Gossip front woman’s Arkansas roots

Indians Never Die,” Black Belt Eagle Scout: raised on a Swinomish reservation, the artist issues a haunting call to respect the earth.

CVTVLYST,” Wynne: the Lake Oswego-raised rapper jokes that she looks straight out of Frozen, but her motormouth lyrics are the real deal.

Death,” Shelley Short: wistful musings about the Oregon Coast and the great beyond

Superwoman,” Blossom: shimmering neo-soul for instant chill vibes

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