We’ve loved seeing Olivia Rodrigo rise from Disney actor on Bizaardvark to an artist with her own stories to tell – and what a rise it’s been! In the last year alone, she released the certified smash hit “Driver’s License” that exploded Spotify’s single-day streaming records, released the excellent Sour vinyl, and made her way to Saturday Night Live, among other accomplishments.
Where many Disney-stars-turned-artists of the past released a few fluffy pop records before getting serious about their artistic expression, Rodrigo delivers catchy songs of substance on her debut. It’s the kind of thing that gives us hope for the new generation of voices making music.
If you love Olivia Rodrigo and want to find some other young voices singing from the heart, we’ve got you covered. Don’t have your own copy of the Sour vinyl yet? What are you waiting on? We’ve got that for you, too.
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Charli Adams – Bullseye
Growing up in Alabama, Charli Adams fully expected to have a small-town-girl life – go to school, meet a guy, get married, raise a family, and be a good person. Then, at 17, she moved to Nashville to take her chances as a songwriter.
We are so glad she did. While in Music City, her story took a turn after meeting Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and spending a night talking about theology and music with him over a game of darts. This chance meeting became the seeds of Bullseye, an album that keeps on giving with repeat listens.
On standout track “Seventeen Again” Adams sings about our own lonely times on Broadway, and the common experience of feeling young and amateurish as we push forward. This is the kind of record you put on to lie on the floor on Thursday night, in the best sort of way.
Get your own Bullseye vinyl at the Magnolia Record Store here
Clairo – Sling
While Olivia Rodrigo got her start with Disney, Clairo took the DIY route and began releasing her bedroom recordings and covers on Bandcamp and Youtube while in high school. Now in her early 20’s, she already has nearly a decade of experience and exploration under her belt.
Clairo has made something truly special with her second full-length Sling, swinging for the fences with dance-rock jams like “Amoeba”, one of our faves. Not only are these beautifully crafted songs for dancing in the mirror, they are ambitious without feeling try-hard. Don’t miss “Blouse”, her slow-burn look at bad attention and soft boundaries.
Get your own Sling vinyl at the Magnolia Record Store here
Angie McMahon – Salt
Hailing from the great Down Under, Angie McMahon has a sweet, deep voice and a depth of songwriting you absolutely should not miss. Her fantastic debut Salt sounds like the kind of record one might make after a decade or so making albums. Drop the needle on track four, “Slow Mover”, to hear what we mean. We love how controlled and assured McMahon is here, confident that her stories deserve to be heard and loved.
This is an album to take your time with, wading into McMahon’s powerhouse ballads and barnburners until they swallow you up. On “Keeping Time”, she draws us in with the beat until the chorus busts out and we have to take a drive and roll down the windows. Recalling artists like Sharon Van Etten and Natalie Merchant, Mcmahon knows just how to slow roll and rock out the way we like it.
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Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
One of the biggest breakout singer-songwriters of the last five years, Phoebe Bridgers wasted no time establishing herself as a force to reckon with and a strong collaborator. Not only has she released two excellent solo albums with Stranger in the Alps and Punisher, she’s written and performed alongside Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes on their project Better Oblivion Community Center, as well as Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker as their supergroup Boygenius.
Bridgers’ songs play like a collection of short films, an expertly crafted movie marathon at the coolest theater in town. We love Stranger in the Alps for tons of reasons, but her smash single “Motion Sickness” will probably never get overplayed in this house. Few artists can translate the experience of being a young woman in the modern age like Phoebe Bridgers, and we’re glad she’s here doing the work.
Get your own Stranger in the Alps vinyl at the Magnolia Record Store here
These are only a few of the emerging young adult writers we feature in our collection. Looking for more female songwriter vinyl to explore? Come on over to Magnolia Record Store and dig through our digital stacks – you just might find a new favorite!
Whether you are in your kitchen, dining room, patio or garden, these albums playing on your record player will definitely set the mood.