Aly & AJ's New Album Is The Feminist Anthem We All Need
If you're a millennial woman, it may feel like just yesterday we were jamming to Aly and AJ's "Potential Breakup Song" with your friends or watching the Disney stars drop cell phones in yogurt in Cow Belles. Spoiler alert: That was ten years ago. Ten. Years. Ago. But, thankfully, our time without the sisters in our lives is over. Aly and AJ's new album is coming and we get obsess over these stars again. I had the chance to meet with Aly & AJ and talk about how their music has evolved and how the feminist undertone of their new album is exactly what we need in the world right now.
The duo released their first single called "Take Me" on Friday, Aug. 18, and it's the first (epic) listen we get from the new album. The song is so fun and catchy, and it reminds us that we have better things to do in life than wait around for someone to make a move. The girls sing,
So much talking, swear that's all you ever do Show me something before I show something to you When you gonna take me out? Make a move and make it now
And look at that single art! It's obvious these two have grown up from their Disney days and their music has changed with them. With the lyrics and this gorgeous single cover, we get a feminist vibe that's hard to miss.
Aly and AJ say this female empowerment theme is evident across the entire album, and it makes sense, considering the time our country was in while the record was being made. Both Aly and AJ marched in the Women's March earlier this year as they were creating their new music. AJ told me,
We were working on women's march posters in the studio, so the two definitely blended. We were singing our hearts out that day because we were like, 'We're marching for women. We're singing for women. We're writing for women.'
While creating music may not seem as important as the issues facing women in the United States today, AJ says she thinks the two go hand-in-hand.
It's on a creative level, so it's not not necessarily as important as what we're marching about, but I look at it all as one thing. Women should be able to stand up for themselves in the workplace, whether that's creative, whether that's legal, whether that's anything really. So, for me, this music does represent female empowerment, and the fact that we're able to march for it is really cool. So Aly and I feel like we're able to sing for it as well.
Aly agreed, and says it's almost their duty to speak out about things, because they have a public platform for it. She told me,
I think that being women that have some form of a platform to be able to speak about this is really important, and I think every single female artist should be out there talking about it because we all know what it's like to be a woman just walking around in the world, let alone on television or on radio.
Well, if this single is any indication of the future music we're going to hear from the girls, it's going to be amazing. No word yet on when exactly we'll get it, but the (im)patient waiting starts now.