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Indie Artists: Stories of Triumph from Snail Mail and Mitski

In the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry, indie artists continue to defy the odds, break barriers, and carve out their own paths to success. Behind the mic, beneath the spotlight, lies a tapestry of stories—stories of resilience, determination, and triumph—that inspire and empower musicians around the world.

In this blog post, we delve into the journeys of two remarkable indie artists, Snail Mail and Mitski, whose unwavering dedication and creative vision have propelled them to the forefront of the music scene.

Indie Artists: Transcending Conventions 

Like in other art forms, indie artists can transcend conventions in various ways: challenging traditional norms, breaking expectations, defying genres and categories, and, above all, creating a unique sound that breaks away from anything that resembles convention or boundaries. This is why many female indie artists have used their music as a platform to tell personal stories – or their side of the story.

On this day, we wanted to focus on two indie artists who have managed to do all of the above and continue to do so. We’re referring to none other than Snail Mail and Mitski.

Snail Mail: Vulnerability is Power

 

At just 22 years old, Lindsey Jordan, known by her stage name Snail Mail, has emerged as a beacon of authenticity and vulnerability in the indie rock landscape. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Jordan burst onto the scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, Lush (2018) —a sonic tapestry of introspection, longing, and raw emotion that struck listeners around the world – or Valentine (Demos) (2023), her latest EP, not to confuse with also famous track Valentine.

From this EP, we find “c. Et Al (Demo)” where she perfectly describes that vulnerable moment we’ve all experienced at some point:

Even with a job that keeps me movin’

Most days I just wanna lie down

Sleep it away ’til it’s nothing and

Pull the blinds all the way down

Perseverance and self-discovery have marked their journey to success; from humble DIY shows in basements and local venues to rocking the stages of top music festivals and concert halls, Jordan’s ascent has been nothing short of meteoric.

With her evocative lyricism, intricate guitar work, and ethereal vocals, she has captivated audiences and critics alike, earning accolades and admiration for her fearless embrace of vulnerability and imperfection.

Through her music, Snail Mail offers a poignant reminder that strength lies not in the absence of vulnerability, but in the courage to embrace it—to confront the complexities of human emotion, to navigate the tumultuous waters of youth and identity, and to emerge stronger, wiser, and more empowered on the other side.

Mitski: Authenticity is Power

In a world of conformity and conventionality, Mitski Miyawaki, known simply as Mitski, stands as a fearless pioneer—a trailblazer whose music transcends genres, defies expectations and challenges the status quo.

Born in Japan and raised all over the world, Mitski’s nomadic upbringing is reflected in the eclectic tapestry of influences that permeate her music—a seamless fusion of indie rock, pop, punk, and folk that defies categorization and convention.

Mitski’s journey to prominence has been marked by an unwavering commitment to artistic integrity and creative autonomy. From her early days as a DIY musician self-releasing albums and touring relentlessly to her breakout success with albums like Bury Me at Makeout Creek (2014) and her latest, The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We (2023), Mitski has remained steadfast in her refusal to compromise her vision for commercial gain.

Tracks like “My Love Mine All Mine” or “I Don’t Like My Mind“, from her latest album, are examples of how she uses that stream of consciousness. Raw, authentic, and out there for everybody to judge or embrace:

I don’t like my mind, I don’t like being left alone in a room

With all its opinions about the things that I’ve done

So, yeah, I blast music loud and I work myself to the bone

And on an inconvenient Christmas, I eat a cake

With her haunting melodies, poetic lyricism, and captivating stage presence, Mitski has carved out a space for herself in the musical pantheon—a space defined by vulnerability, authenticity, and unapologetic self-expression. Through her music, she offers a roadmap to transcendence and transformation—a reminder that our greatest strength lies not in conformity, but in the courage to embrace our true selves, flaws and all.

Female Indie Artists: Music is Power

In the dynamic realm of the music industry, the stories of Snail Mail and Mitski serve as testaments to the transformative power of music and its ability to transcend boundaries, defy expectations, surmount obstacles, and forge their unique paths – hopefully to success.

These female indie artists exemplify the essence of independent art, transcending conventions and embracing vulnerability and authenticity as sources of empowerment and inspiration. Through music, they remind us that true artistry knows no boundaries and that the path to transformation lies in fearless self-expression and unwavering commitment to one’s artistic vision.

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