Sounds Like: A manifesto on millennial femininity that includes genre agnosticism as one of its key tenets
For Fans of: Tori Amos, late-career Charlotte Church, Simone de Beauvoir
Why You Should Pay Attention: Discovered by Kanye West when she was a member of the dance troupe backing him up on his Yeezus tour, Arizona native Kacy Hill first made waves with the 2015 EP Bloo. Her just-released debut LP Like a Woman, which West executive produced, is a dizzying ride through early-20s womanhood that has arena-ready choruses and minimalist electro, confessional poetry and resolute kiss-offs. Production comes courtesy of DJ Mustard, synth-popper Stuart Price and more. She's planning a tour, but she's already thinking about where her art might take her next: "I just want to keep putting out as much stuff as possible," she says. "Ideally, I would like to have another body of work – even just a smaller body of work – out in at least a few months."
She Says: "Growing up, I was into a lot of stuff that doesn't really directly influence the album. I listened to a lot of Nineties alternative – things like the Cranberries, Third Eye Blind, that whole world. Then I think I got really into folk and singer-songwriter-y stuff, like Regina Spektor and Laura Marling. It's been a lot of everything. I don't have one specific influence that I was looking toward; the whole thing was just really a discovery process.
"I spent a lot of time going in with different producers to figure out what worked and what didn't. I think writing this album, I was really just figuring out how to write songs, honestly. … I had this pride where I felt like other people couldn't write songs for me, that I needed to write everything. Part of that was establishing myself with myself. Now that I've done that, I feel like I've proven to myself, 'I can finish something. I can do this.'"
Hear for Yourself: The Price-produced "Hard to Love" is a synth-pop anthem featuring Hill's lithe soprano. Maura Johnston