If bubblegum pop with a spiky electronic edge is your thing, then Invader Girl will have you in raptures.
This self-confessed unicorn fanatic creates sugar rush electro-pop songs that carry as much vim and vigour as you can possibly squeeze into three minutes.
Originally from Denmark, but now based in London, Camilla Roholm’s Invader Girl persona is every bit as fantastical as her wonky pop recordings.
She’s a whirlwind of psychedelic sci-fi fantasy, nineties’ R&B and girl group goodness, as irrepressible as her upbeat sounds.
Now signed to Sony, and with some crackling hits under her belt, including Starting Fires and Stuck On Me, it seems big things are on the horizon for this pop princess in waiting.
This week, she lets us in on her female icons and the classic tracks that have influenced her sound…
Madonna – Into the Groove
Because it has the best pop bassline of all time, and I love the vocal sound. Early Madonna tracks still win over most other pop songs in my opinion, in terms of writing and production.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
Because Nic Zinner is the most awesome guitarist in the world and Karen O is my ultimate hero. I think they are one of the last remaining great rock ‘n’ roll bands.
Hole – Jennifer’s Body
Because it’s my favourite track off one of one of my favourite albums. Courtney Love’s lyrics are awesome, and her power vocals make me wanna throw myself around and run away to join the circus.
Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
Because Kate Bush is a genius. This whole album blows my mind. Her voice and song writing is better than anyone’s. She was also the first woman ever to have a number one song that was both written and produced by her. What a hero.
Blondie – Picture This
Because it’s such a cool track and Debbie Harry is the ultimate front woman. I find her ability to be really feminine yet seem incredibly strong really inspirational.
The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
Because all the girls who were brave enough to break the rules and pick up guitars back then paved the way so that other girls could later. It’s also the perfect angry teen anthem.
Patti Smith – Because the Night
Because this song always makes me cry and because everything Patti Smith makes is beautiful.
Martha and the Muffins – Echo Beach
Because the guitar riff and guitar sound is everything to me! I have tried and failed to emulate it a thousand times.
The Knife – Heartbeats
Because it has possibly the best synth pop riff ever, and Karin Andersson’s voice is pained, heart breaking Scandi perfection.
Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
Because she’s an awesome feminist icon, and the track is so effortlessly cool. I’m also in love with the retro rap and the synth sound in the chorus.