Although I have been under the wing of RFC for only short while, I feel there has been a slight bias toward the indie boy crushes that our fearless editor and her female cohorts unabashedly champion. Although I enjoy the artistry of these young men and find the commentary chuckle-worthy, I feel a bit of a need to represent the lovely ladies who make music we adore as they reduce male audience members to puddles on the beer soaked floor. Whereas the attributes of the boy crushes have been sensitive, scruffy and lyrically heartfelt, us male indie fans love our ladies with a steely confidence, a gale-wind musical force and all attitude. The boys can warble folk ballads while the girls flutter their eyelashes and faint, I will take my girls sweaty with an unattainability that I dream of overcoming, if only for a moment of direct eye contact.
Volume 1 of this theme is a lass by the name of Julie Potash who performs under the inspired moniker of Hesta Prynn. Obviously she would never settle wearing a scarlet "A" on her chest and would beat your ass for suggesting it. Nevertheless, Ms. Prynn has been on the scene for sometime now. On a whim with a couple of her Long Island mates, Prynn began the all-white girl rap trio Northern State back in 2000. Under the wing of famous fans such as Beastie Ad-Rock and Mr. Bungle/Faith No More Mike Patton, Northern State hit their high point with the 2007 album Can I Keep This Pen? Now as a solo artist, Hesta Prynn has come into the new decade with a new look and sound to match her 10 years of experience.
Sometimes hip-hop, sometimes electro, Hesta Prynn is a true millennial artist whose sound is a mashup of influences making her genre undefinable. Her sound evokes many of her female contemporaries such as M.I.A., Amanda Blank or Santigold. The sound is thick, with actual drums, guitars and bass rather than samples that is a bedrock for Prynn to stand upon firmly while her vocals take off in any direction she chooses. Whether she coos like a disco diva, rocks either a Butthole Surfers or Neon Indian cover or croons a duet with Les Savy Fav's Time Harrington, Hesta Prynn chameleon ways can seemingly do it all. But let me veer off course, if only for a moment... We have a everywoman here that is as smart as a whip, as sweet as they come, an obvious open arms approach to music AND digs a good horror flick. Place that within the stunning package as viewed in the given pictures and you have what my Daddy would call "marriage material". If only she bothered to listen to your overtures. Her digital EP Can We Go Wrong hit the Internets back in July. Give it a listen on her website or purchase the EP here.