Playing On Repeat: Indigo Girls’ One Lost Day

The folk-rock duo is better than ever.



One of the most successful folk-rock duos ever, The Indigo Girls’ career has spanned over 35 years and 14 studio albums. With both Amy Ray and Emily Saliers identifying as lesbians, they are an essential addition to any LGBTQ music playlist. Listening to their musical back catalogue is one of those queer rites of passage every gay or bi woman should go through, like watching all six seasons of The L Word or having your heart broken but learning to love again.


The Grammy-winning double act have been described by Rolling Stone magazine as “ideal duet partners. Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing. When they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose that adds muscle to their lanky, deeply felt folk-tinged pop songs”. 


Their album One Lost Day proves that the Indigo Girls are only getting better with time. The combination of beautiful harmonies, bittersweet lyrics and an intimate, stripped-back sound is sure to tug at your heartstrings.


Many of the tracks capture the aching pain of lost love (check out opening number Elizabeth) and the agony of addiction (If I Don’t Leave Here Now). Also not to be missed is The Rise Of The Black Messiah. Amy and Emily are both outspoken political activists and this is their powerful anthem about institutional racism.


While much of the subject matter on this album is serious - pain, loss, tragedy - the music is so soothing and exquisitely crafted you are left with an ultimately uplifting sense of dreamy, sun-drenched optimism.


Play this album when you want to stir your soul. It’s the perfect soundtrack for reflecting over the twists and turns your life has taken over a bottle of wine.


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