Three of a kind

Dia­man­dis’s favourite women singer/song­writ­ers

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

Fiona Ap­ple

“For some rea­son, I didn’t col­lect my song writ­ing in­flu­ences un­til I was around 20 but from then they have re­mained the same. One of the first women song writ­ers I loved was Fiona Ap­ple, whose style I found in­cred­i­bly un­com­pro­mis­ing. I also love her voice and the fact that she writes about very com­plex fe­male is­sues, both of which to­tally con­nected with me.”

PJ Har­vey

“I love Har­vey’s voice as much as any­one else’s and she has this rough yet very sim­ple style, es­pe­cially on her early al­bums. It’s all quite raw, I sup­pose, but then she bring sabout an al­bum like White Chalk, which is ex­tremely ten­der and soft. She’s such a one-off, Ireckon.”

Kate Bush

“She is so orig­i­nal, bold and true, and while my in­clud­ing her might seem such an ob­vi­ous choice, I think –I know!-it’s valid be­cause she is so, so bril­liant. She is such a com­pletely fear­less, mav­er­ick artist who was pro­duc­ing all of her own stuff and writ­ing all of it, long be­fore any­one else. There was no one like her be­fore and there’s no one like her since. Fact.”

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