Looking for some upbeat, light hearted, female fronted indie pop? Try giving Marykate O'Neil a spin. Her latest release (her third), the six track mkULTRA, came out a little over a week ago, and if you listen carefully, it might surprise you. While on the surface it's got the peppy poppy texture, but lyrically you'll find touches of cynicism.
Of the album's six tracks, two are covers: Randy Newman’s Living Without You and Happy, by her friends and collaborators Jill Sobule (who co-produced the EP and also appears as a musician on it) and Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne). Here's the opening track, along with some older ones to round out the picture.
Marykate O'Neil - Green Street : mkULTRA
one from her last album
Marykate O'Neil - Things are too Good (They're Bound to go Bad) : 1-800-bankrupt
and another older one from a tribute compilation for The Monkees
Marykate O'Neil - Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees cover) : Through the Looking Glass: Indie Pop Plays the Monkees