To me, most of today’s indie music feels like fluff: pop tarts and faux-alternative “stars” with songs that have no context and rarely any lyrical challenges. It seems like there’s a dearth of strong females who write catchy, strong rock music that deeply questions popular culture, femininity, misogyny, and women’s place in the world. But Brooklyn-based psychedelic R&B band Teen will restore your faith. Their second LP, The Way and Color, isn’t just a beautiful record—full of intellectual instrumentation and smart, hooky songs that sound like a throwback to late-’90s R&B—but a lyrically powerful one. Frontwoman Teeny Lieberson talks about everything from love to misogyny to dying rock-goddesses to motherhood. Although on the surface, this album may sound like little more than a feel-good groove, there’s something bigger going on here. Right now, we need Teen.

-Mish Way


Photo by Shawn Brackbill

The Way and Color will be released April 22 on Carpark Records

This review originally appeared in the April/May issue of BUST Magazine.  Subscribe now.  


Support Feminist Media! During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever. If our bold, uncensored reporting on women’s issues is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford, to protect and sustain BUST.com. Thanks so much—we can’t spell BUST without U.