Not Real by Stealing Sheep
There’s been a definite male bias to the Top 31 so far. We had to get through eight male-led bands before we got our first female-led band, here at #23, with Liverpool, England’s Stealing Sheep. But it was worth the wait!
Stealing Sheep is made up of three women, all of whom sing and play various instruments. There’s an electronic bent to their music, but they play mostly electrified instruments to create the synthesized-sounding notes. Their harmonies tend to be dissonant, and since they all sing lead at different points on the album, the tone of the songs changes subtly from one to the next. It‘s a nice effect.
And they clearly have a love of the visual, as well. There are a number of videos out from Not Real, their 2nd album. In addition to the awesome video above, the other songs that have been made into videos from this album are “Deadlock” and “Not Real” (which also has a “live version” video that’s nice to watch, too, if only to see how the band makes their music on stage). And their 2012 album, Into the Diamond Sun (which I have not yet heard, but plan to) has a number of videos worth watching as well. I love a band that still cares about the music video.
As we get further into the Top 31, you’re going to hear a number of bands that fit this female-led electronic sound. Knowing that Stealing Sheep is still great but also the lowest-ranked should tell you just how much good music we’re in store for. Buckle up.
24. Beat the Champ by The Mountain Goats
25. Gliss Riffer by Dan Deacon
26. Dark Bird is Home by The Tallest Man on Earth
27. Gunnera by Pfarmers
28. Swimmer to a Liquid Armchair by Ricked Wickey
29. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
30. Live in Seattle by Moufang / Czamanski
31. High by Royal Headache