More music for your queer ears
Hello queereos, what are you listening to this week? Need some inspiration? Here’s Emily Linka with her bi-weekly pick of the queer music scene.
First off, let me apologise for the slight delay in getting this column out to you all - I’ve been in the midst of moving house and then spent the best part of a week laying on the floor trying to work out if I really needed to unpack my clothes or if I could just give them all away and spend the rest of my life wearing one pair of gym leggings and a single slogan t-shirt. I go to enough gigs to buy occasional spares, I’m sure it will work.
So just four tracks for you this week - two that are brand new today, one that I haven’t been able to stop listening to since it first dropped a couple of weeks ago and a bonus bit of Kacey Musgraves because I was so excited to see her this weekend (even if secretly a bit gutted to be miss X Factor!).
King Princess – Pussy is God
I bloody love King Princess and I was absolutely delighted to wake up this morning and see this sitting in my New Music playlist. It’s actually not quite as sexual as you might think and I’m gonna stake my claim right now that this is a kind of beautiful love song. I mean, OK, it’s about sex, but it’s also a super chilled track about absolutely adoring your girlfriend and thinking that she’s the best. King Princess co-wrote this track with her girlfriend Amandla Stenberg (and Nick Long) and it’s her first bit of new music since she released Make My Bed earlier this year.
Listen here (explict lyric warning, obviously).
Troye Sivan - Somebody to Love
I promise that at some point, I will do some recommendations that don’t include Troye Sivan, but again I woke up to this release and I need to share it. Now, I’m personally not planning on seeing Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema because I think I might end up shouting angrily, but I have been really enjoying the little string of releases for the soundtrack (Shawn Mendes and 5Sos have released tracks for it in the past couple of weeks). Troye being an openly gay artist makes this one feel just a little more special, and his paired back cover gave me chills as I listened.
Loyle Carner ft Jordan Rakei - Ottolenghi
I am obsessed with this song. It’s basically been the track that’s got me through moving house in one piece. Utterly dreamy and gentle. If you haven’t heard it yet, please listen to this song whilst you’re curled up somewhere cosy with a mug of something warm and comforting. Bonus points if you’re looking out of the window and it’s raining. Honestly, it will make your life infinitely better. It’s so gentle and soothing, like a soft auditory hug. Whilst Loyle Carner isn’t an LGBTQ+ artist, he makes beautiful tender hearted music and he’s going to be one of the headliners at Sound City next year.
Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow
There’s so many tracks that I could have shared by Kacey that mean something (Follow Your Arrow is a total queer anthem and was so important in a predominantly straight, white male dominated industry like country), but Rainbow gives me all the feels and is equally important in my eyes. The version I’m sharing here is from her Live Lounge session at the BBC a couple of weeks ago and is utterly beautiful; just Kacey and a piano. I’m listening to it as I write this and I’m genuinely tearing up. If you’re someone who is struggling to accept that being yourself is enough, if you’re feeling a little unsure of who you are, if things have been hard and you’re left feeling a little rocked and uncertain - this is for you. Enjoy (and have the tissues handy).
And that’s a wrap. Back onto the normal schedule again now where I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on Kacey Musgraces at the Philharmonic and whatever new music makes its way into my life. Remember - if you’re a local band and you’ve got a gig, please do get in touch with me. I’d love to dedicate a bit of column space to you.
Do come chat to me on Twitter and see you in a couple of weeks.