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Prog pioneers: Meet five women pushing the boundaries of modern prog

The Anchoress, Jane Weaver, Cate Le Bon, Susanna and Anna von Hausswolff are all fiercely independent, bold and idiosyncratic, and real pioneers in today's progressive music world

"You often find women working alone, very much as an auteur producing their own records, because that is a way that you can control your vision,” says Catherine Anne Davies, aka The Anchoress. “You only have to look at Björk and the way that she’s portrayed in the media, where often men are given a lot of credit for what she does. You can’t blame us for almost locking ourselves away and doing the whole thing ourselves.”

Davies advises against generalising about musicians on the basis of gender, but her idea is one way of accounting for a growing number of remarkable female artists, either solo or very much in charge of their artistic vision, who are currently operating in the fields of art rock and experimental music.


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