Recommended by Andrew Gospe
Stella Donnelly’s debut Thrush Metal EP is anchored by “Boys Will Be Boys,” a plainspoken folk song about victim-blaming and rape culture. Its US release comes on the heels of the Me Too movement, but Donnelly’s talent, not the probably coincidental timing, is what stands out. The New Zealander’s raw acoustic style recalls Julien Baker, while her frank, observational approach brings to mind Sibylle Baier’s cult classic, Colour Green. Donnelly’s singing is arresting—on songs like “Mechanical Bull,” she seethes and shouts with bravura over violently strummed acoustic guitar. She’s a folk artist with the enviable ability to captivate a room with just voice and guitar.