Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Clare Means Highlights Toxic Misogyny in "Hollywood Zoo" (premiere)

Photo courtesy of Planetary Group

LA singer-songwriter Clare Means' latest shines a light on misogyny in music and entertainment amidst the #MeToo movement.

The latest track from Clare Means' forthcoming album, Sidewalk Astronomy, begins with the eerie drone of news reports that are all-too-common in today's landscape. "'Hollywood Zoo' is about the misogyny and warped power dynamic that thrives in the music and entertainment business. I've had experiences that were unsettling as have many women I know in the industry," says Means.

As its opening fades out, Means' smoky voice that has already become so well-regarded in her LA music scene takes over. Alongside the likes of persisting drums, guitar, and strings, she envelopes listeners in a searing narrative reflective of her and others' experiences in a business that still empowers acts of sexism and misogyny. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, "Hollywood Zoo" does its work in continuing to shine a light on the darker corners of entertainment industries. It's unfortunate that such themes will continue to be relevant for what almost certainly will be a long time to come. Although, as empowerment takes a front seat and continues to seize the narrative from the entitled, songwriters like Means speaking out through their art makes all of the difference.

Paired with its relentlessly persistent arrangement, the song's message will remain with listeners for a long time coming. Sidewalk Astronomy releases on 27 April, with an album release show being held the following day at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.