Silent Nights

Queer people have had their fair share of staying in the closet, in the dark. Something that could’ve helped them in there is music. “Madonna, Blondie, Bowie, Beatles. Music. We need music.”

What makes any music queer, you ask? The person listening to it, darling.

Looking past the beats, the riff and the autotune. Connecting to the lyrics and storyline also helps but it’s mostly the listener. 

This pride month we bring to you a few beloved queer music artists and allies (with the most random bits of information scattered here and there) because why not.

Making indie queer music has started becoming a trend and we’re all for it. We’ve gotta get the queer music to straight music ratio higher after all. 

Ethel Cain is an indie artist with killer vocals and  haunting lyrics. Her voice can be described as a stream of water trickling down an old, abandoned cathedral with coloured, shattered glass window panes. Listening to her music in the Lady of Lourdes church in Trichy is as close as you can get. Her music has been described as indie, folk and southern gothic. She is well known for her song “American Teenager” and her album “Preacher’s Daughter”. All of her other albums are amazing as well. One of her albums “Golden age” has comparatively softer music and vocals. 

The album “Inbred” is pretty crazy. The song “Inbred” is particularly, is very dark, which her music in general, is. The song “Ptolemaea” from “Preacher’s Daughter” will send chills down your spine. Her music can be described to be similar to the way you breathe in as soon as you break the surface of water after almost drowning only to desperately miss the weight of water holding you down. Ethel Cain is a transgender woman and her music is inspired by Christian music and Gregorian chants. She was in the church choir from a very young age. Combining sad shows like “Fleabag”, Ethel Cain’s haunting music and books like “The God of Small Things” is a pretty creative way to get in your feels instead of listening to “Kiki, do you love me?” (Sorry guys, only Kendrick fans are allowed here, especially after those badass concert videos).  

Another attention worthy indie artist is Cavetown. Their mellow music helps you feel like a field of dandelions and daisies everyday. His song “Boys will be bugs” is comparatively well known. Robin Skinner a.k.a Cavetown also uses ukuleles to create his rainy day type of music. They have come out as asexual, aromantic and transgender. He also publishes covers of songs from artists such as Joji and Twenty One Pilots on his youtube channel. 

While we’re at the indie station, let’s not forget “girl in red”. The artist “girl in red” is considered to be a sapphic icon with her music being famous among sapphics. She has also come out as queer. Her songs “we fell in love in october”, “i wanna be your girlfriend” and “girls” are her top hits.

“I don’t wanna be your friend; I wanna kiss your lips.” is a pretty popular verse from the song “i wanna be your girlfriend”, mostly because it’s very easy to get into sapphic situationships. Her song “bad idea” will make you want to breathlessly and repeatedly confess your love to your partner and to think that the artist grew up without any musical instruments at home. She was also described as “boring” during an interview. Her fans would staunchly and uproariously disagree. The artist’s music has been used in the series “Euphoria” as well. The sapphic demographic also thinks that there is a need for more sapphic icons apart from “girl in red”.

Looks like several amazing artists would be taking up that position with Hayley Kiyoko being one of them. Hayley Kiyoko is the equivalent of a phoenix, especially if you’ve listened to her album “Panorama”. Her song “Girls like girls” is *chef’s kiss*. She knew she was attracted to girls ever since she was six but that didn’t make it any easier. She still found it hard to express herself through music. Funnily, Katy Perry’s “I kissed a girl” was the turning point for her. 

Caroline Kingsbury is also a queer indie artist. Her new single “Our house” is an intoxicating mixture of pheromones and adrenaline. Their album “Heaven’s Just a Flight” is a breezy album with “Breaking Apart” being an end of an adolescence skating movie sort of song (in case any of you were wondering, it’s amazing enough to be the tunnel song in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” too). 

Next up is Lauv, a pop star. His song “I like me better” was in the movie “To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before”, so yes the romantics were crazy about it (“To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before” is overrated though). His songs “Mean it” and “Paris in Rain” are very very cozy. His song “Adrenaline” is for the situationship-junkies. Yep, he has got everything covered. 

With Lauv opening up about struggling with his sexuality, his fans have come to understand and relate about how sexuality isn’t a box made of straight lines (get it? straight lines. heh). One of the best things about sexuality is fluidity. It’s important to understand that and respect  people’s need to not put themselves in a category. “I’m gay but I’m not gay but I’m gay but I’m not gay” is what he put up on social media. Another piece of information about Lauv is that he wrote the song “Boys” by Charli xcx.

It’s time we move onto Charli xcx honestly. 

She’s an underrated gem in the music industry. Her electro-pop music has become worldwide party anthems recently. She has Indian lineage too; her mom’s Gujarati. Honestly, her music is not for everyone but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s absolutely gorgeous and so is her music. She has opened up about her sexuality and she is straight (very unfortunate, yes). Her collaborations with several queer artists have not gone unnoticed though. We love an ally who isn’t shy with public support and uplifting. She might have also thrown subtle shade at Taylor Swift after the UK chart hogging incident, winning her the adoration of plenty, except the Swifties probably (but who cares). 

Charli xcx has two collaborations with Troye Sivan, “1999” and “2099” (yes, the fans went absolutely crazy over this). The official video of “2099” is worth a watch and enough to bring about world ending bi-panic. 

Moving on to Troye Sivan, he has been an openly gay artist since 2013. He came out on youtube three years after coming out to his family. Troye Sivan’s 2015 album “Blue Neighbourhood” portrays his journey through his sexuality and his experiences in his hometown.  Confining him to just “Strawberry and Cigarettes” is very L behavior.  

He has also been in a few movies, one prominent queer film being “Boy Erased (2018)”.In the movie, he plays a comforting side character “Gary” and the movie starts with Troye Sivan’s “Revelation” playing in the background. At one point of the movie, a homophobic character says “YOU WERE NOT BORN HOMOSEXUALS” so confidently that it brings you back to reality, making you almost completely sure that it’s some “gaylord fairy” who “poofs” people into homosexuals or “slayz” them. 

Avoid conversion camps with all your might. 

One noteworthy thing about the movie is the mother of the protagonist, Nancy Eamons played by Nicole Kidman. She supports her kid when he tells her that conversion therapy hasn’t been the greatest. At the end of the day, support like that is all we crave. “Boy Erased” is based on real life events in the life of Garrard Conley. 

Going back to the amazing human that is Troye Sivan, his shows are not to be missed because they are rave-worthy and you can tell your grandchildren and great grandchildren about them (if you deem it to be appropriate). His recent album “Something to Give Each Other” has his fans on their knees, with its soft lyrics, lively music and vibrant choreography.

Now, it’s time to call 911 to compensate for Lady Gaga’s catastrophe causing performances and music . “911” is also one of the songs from Lady Gaga’s 2020 album “Chromatica”. Charli xcx and A.G.Cook created a remix of this song which is as good as it can get. Lady Gaga came out as bisexual in 2009. She told the public in an interview that “Poker Face” is about another woman. It’s funny to think about because she is such an icon that millennial dads played “Poker Face” to their gen z kids when they were nothing but bebés. Funnier if they’re homophobic and are still listening to it in complete, utter oblivion. Her songs have been such trendsetters these past couple of decades and have even been considered to be gay party anthems. 

To (show people what going out with a bang??) means, we have the rock band “Queen”. Didn’t think we’d forget “Bohemian Rhapsody”, did you? The lyrics of Queen’s songs “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust” are lodged in people’s minds even if they don’t really know it. None of them need any introduction but one fun fact about “Bohemian Rhapsody” is that it was supposed to be called “The Cowboy Song”. 

Now, respect the dead and simultaneously help/support the living (or however that saying goes). This is to remind you to crawl out of whatever hole you’ve been living in and try out different artists’ music. Sorry, but it’s true.

That’s probably enough music for this pride month. It’s easy to lose track of the days in June but don’t forget that the whole purpose of it is to not just raise awareness but also to support people and be more understanding. 

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