Lauren Mayberry’s #squadgoals: enjoy this exclusive playlist of female artists

As well as fronting a huge alternative pop band, Lauren is central to the Glasgow feminist collective TYCI. They publish a blog, put on club nights, manage subtly-campaigning social media pages and have run donation drives to support women’s refuges. They also have a podcast that sheds a light on great, new female-fronted acts. “If you look at the festival line-ups in the UK you would think that there are approximately three female fronted bands in the entire country,” says Lauren. With this list for INSP of her current favourites, she hopes to shake up a few playlists.


I went to see Girlpool the other day and they’re kind of like a lo-fi bedroom pop two piece. Seeing the mixture of people at that show was really interesting because when I listen to it, it makes me think about being a teenage girl and those teenage diaries you write, they are really powerful. But it’s just such a mix of people that this band has connected with. That was really cool.

Sea Lion

She’s called Linn Osterberg and she makes this lovely alternative folky stuff. It’s just all eerie but poignant. I’ve been really enjoying that.

Carly Rae Jepsen

I don’t think she needs any press and I don’t really want to admit that I like her new song as much as I like it, but I can’t stop. I remember thinking I wasn’t going to like it, but then I listened to it. It’s called ‘Run Away with Me’ and by the time I got to the chorus, I was fully onboard. Absolutely 100% in.

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One artist I’ve been listening to an awful lot over the last couple of years is Waxahatchee. I was just completely obsessed with her album Curulean Salt when we were on tour. Her track Hollow Bedroom just makes me cry. Lyrically, it is so genuine and the recording feels so close. It’s just inside your ears. She put out another record this year which is a bit more upbeat, with a full rock band. Every time she’s been in Glasgow, we’ve been on tour so I’ve never seen her. One day!

Kate Tempest

I love a bit of Kate Tempest. I went to see her at the Fringe to see her do a talk about how she got into poetry and spoken word and music generally. I thought that was really interesting. There was a bit in the talk where she said, ‘If you have a teenage daughter, don’t let them stop writing diaries because that’s how they’ll find out who they are.’ It was really nice.