New Music Monday: H.E.R.

This is one of the more mysterious New Music Mondays we’ll have here at Bitch. In September, an excellent R&B album was released by an artist called H.E.R. At the time, and in the four months since, precisely no identifying information has been released as follow-up. No name, no age, no history, no location, and certainly no clear photographs. H.E.R. told the Los Angeles Times that the acronym stands for Having Everything Revealed, and that maintaining mystery is the only way to capture how honest the artist wanted to be in songwriting and performance. H.E.R. wants the music to speak for itself. Which is a particularly refreshing stance, as appearance is usually intrinsic to how well-received female artists in particular will be. With a debut as seamless and well-executed as H.E.R. Vol 1, though, maybe there’s nothing else we need to know.

 

 

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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