I’ve been very lucky to attend some great concerts, lately, and one of the best was Halsey who performed last week at Showbox SODO here in Seattle. Halsey is the stage name of singer Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, a 21 year old it-girl from Washington, New Jersey. She’s bipolar, bisexual, and completely fascinating. Lyrically she definitely gives off an feisty vibe, and has dubbed her own debut album Badlands as an “angry woman record”, but she’s got a way with thematic, anthem music for her generation of native technology loving, socially open-minded, rebel without a cause youth.
I’ve described her as a cross between Lorde and Tove Lo, a tell it like it is, speak your truth kind of performer. Her hit single “New Americana” captures the complex emotions of a generation raised on the pathos of their Gen-X parents and a new brand of acceptance as the world rapidly changes around them. If you haven’t heard her yet and are looking for a new voice to listen to on repeat, this video is definitely worth a listen. Her live show was magnetic, and she had nearly every last person in the venue shouting out her lyrics in unison as she held out the mic and looked on fondly at her burgeoning success. Her voice was crystal clear, full of grit, sarcasm, and heart, and her songs stayed with me long after the evening was through. My Halsey tracks favorites include “New Americana”, “Ghost”, and “Drive”.
Musica is a regular post written in an effort to share music from a variety of genres and encourage readers to discover something new. Submissions are always welcome. I’d love to know what you’re listening to! Just leave a note in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I may share one of your favorites. Search Lindsay Thurston on Spotify to access more of my likes and monthly playlists.