And, no, you shouldn’t compare her to other women playing guitar
Meet Alexandria Maniak, who makes music under the name Shortly. Upon first listening to her EP Richmond, released today, I was immediately hit with a sense of familiarity. Not because it was something that I had heard before, but because it was as if I was finally hearing myself, and my own experience. And there was no struggle—no working to pretend like I liked something because some shitty boyfriend told me it was "good." There was no pretension here, and no shitty boyfriends.
Maniak tells me that she experienced a similar frustration, both as a music lover and eventually when creating her own sound. “There was a big part of me growing up,” she explains, “when I wanted to write music that meant something to me; I actually said out loud to my friends a couple of times in high school that, ‘I would be able to pull off this song if I was a guy.’”