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Author Archives: Julia Simundza

Sufjan Stevens and the Spectacular Sadness of Carrie and Lowell

Arriving at the Sufjan Stevens show last Friday, two questions weighed on my mind. The first was a practical matter: how drunk was my Google Maps, because at the destination it gave me for Kings Theatre, instead of the grand, newly-refurbished concert hall, I found myself looking at a nondescript door between a nail salon […]

All the Indie Ladies: Emerging Subcategories of Women in Indie Music

Until this point, my presence at Syvology has largely focused on my enduring enthusiasm for female pop superstars. However, my true specialization lies within another subgroup of musical acts, broadly defined as the “solo alternative female artist” or perhaps the colloquial “weird alt chick.” Tweet

Queen Bey and Mimi the Elusive Chanteuse: A Superdiva Case Study

Beyoncé and Mariah Carey are the two legendary diva superstars of our time, and I am historically a superfan of both. A delve into their back catalogues, spurred by my enjoyment of their recent releases – surprise album Beyoncé and best-title-ever contender, Me. I am Mariah… the Elusive Chanteuse, has led me to reflect on […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Katy B – Little Red

There is a crew of cool people in the UK who are gaining mainstream popularity within the genre that is lately being described with any combination of the terms electro-soul/R&B/garage/dance-pop, etc. It’s a type of melodic, hook-heavy electronic/dance music that, until recently, had the sort of ‘90s-techno cheese factor that gets banished to the last […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

Too True is the third LP from the Dum Dum Girls. It’s 30 minutes long, it has ten songs, and it is really good. I’m such a huge fan of the Dum Dum Girls that I had to get these factual banalities out of the way at the top of the review before I get […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Beyoncé – Beyoncé

In the early hours of December 13, 2013, Beyoncé released an unannounced self-titled album, causing pandemonium among fans, foiling year-end lists of critics and tumblr-geeks, and striking envy into the hearts of lady popstars everywhere. Tweet