Sounds Like: Eurythmics' synth-heavy "Sweet Dreams" turned fever dream, with detours into sugary shoegaze and distorted power balladry.
For Fans of: Sky Ferriera, Siouxsie Sioux, Grimes
Why You Should Pay Attention: Still years away from legal drinking age, Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez is already a raw, mesmerizing talent. Her father, who drummed in underground L.A. punk bands in the early Eighties, inspired his daughter to pick up the bass at age ten, ultimately forming kiddie alt-punkers Wild Youth. As Kitten, Chloe soon graduated from playing shows at the Smell (with an early version of FIDLAR backing her) to opening for the likes of fellow female-fronted powerhouses like No Doubt, Paramore and Charli XCX. After a self-released single, Kitten signed to Elektra Records. Kitten's now readied an audacious and eclectic debut for release this month, drawing on new wave, goth, punk, R&B and pop.
They Say: While Chaidez's father gave her a masters' course in cool underground punk bands, she dissented nevertheless. "New wave Eighties pop music was my own rebellion, as my dad didn't like Eurythmics, OMD or Roxy Music at all," she says. "A lot of the frontwomen for those Eighties bands made these characters; Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio sounds like an alien when she sings and I love that. When I sing, I try to sound like I'm from a different planet." When she wasn't pursuing music, Chloe was also a two-time state champion gymnast, though her two passions didn't always mix. "I tried to show off my gymnastic skills in London back in 2010," Chloe recalled. "I was swinging off these pipes and bumped into the pipe in front of me and chipped both my front teeth. I fell and was bleeding everywhere. Now I create a moment live for my gymnastic skills."
Hear for Yourself: Eighties throwback "Cut It Out" is soaring and fierce. By Andy Beta