New Music Monday: Dreamy Folk Artist Rae Fitzgerald

We highlight female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, we’re premiering a new video from queer folk artist Rae Fitzgerald

While she travels a lot, Rae Fitzgerald thinks of Columbia, Missouri as home. The town feels like a good fit for her new self-released album, Popular Songs for Wholesome Families, which came out June 3 and mixes traditional rhythms with modern instrumentation for a dreamy confluence of sounds. 

The song we’re featuring, “Jackal ii” is a somber story about the loss of a close friend. “I was sitting in the floor of my ridiculously bare room when I wrote it—I found a lot of peace in minimalism at the time. I pulled out an old toy Casio keyboard from my closet that my grandpa had given me, and every word just poured out,” says Fitzgerald. “In some ways, the song was an assessment of what exactly I needed to keep surviving, and writing it helped me voice my psychological game plan, as well as suss out a lot of emotions I had tried to suppress.” Watch the premiere of the new video below and check out Rae’s album on Bandcamp.

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by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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