The Musical is Political: ‘White Man’s World’ – Jason Isbell

Nina Simone once said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned it’s their choice. But I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. That to me is my…

‘If We Were Vampires’ – Jason Isbell

Facebook can be a vortex of wasted time, full to the brim of people you have never even met and their stories but sometimes, just sometimes, Facebook spews up something of interest. In my case it was an interview with Larry King and Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American astrophysicist and author. The interview was centered…

Pieces of You, Pieces of Me

She stood on the beach with herself in pieces. The well worn, well loved and comfortable parts of herself safe in her hands. The newer, sharper, jagged pieces were making space inside her. In her heart. In her soul. In her mind. They hurt. They wouldn’t sit right. They rubbed her raw inside until she…

‘My Piece of Land’ – Amanda Shires

Everyone is looking for a home. A place or a person or a state of being; where you can be unapologetically you; where you don’t have to hide; where you can share your dreams and fantasies without fear of reprisals. A place or a person to call your own. Amanda Shires released her fifth solo…

Dia Frampton – Scars, Cuts and Bruises

“Bruises can be dangerous, because they don’t quite break the skin, so you feel like you’re actually okay, but the pain is buried underneath”. These are the words Dia Frampton uses when describing her upcoming album Bruises (released March 3rd). “I felt like over the years I had accumulated many bruises: fear of failure, fear…

Taylor Noelle – Out of My System EP

Taylor Noelle was born and raised in Los Angeles and now resides in Nashville, studying Music Business at Belmont University whilst steadying honing her songwriting and creating her musical landscape of her own. Noelle released her debut EP Out of My System at the beginning of December, produced by Andrew Conner. Each track on the…

Lily & Madeleine: Growing Pains

I met Lily & Madeleine exactly two years ago in London. It was November and it was just as cold. They had just released their second album Fumes and were in the midst of their European tour. The mood in that room that cold November night, was one full of hope and excitement. The sisters…

‘Say Goodnight Instead’ – JOHNNYSWIM

JOHNNYSWIM was in the midst of recording their new album Georgica Pond and from a late night recording session came, what I consider to be their most well written and visceral song from the album, ‘Say Goodnight Instead’. Conjured from a place of emotional and physical weariness, and the sadness and rawness that usually accompanies that state of being. ‘Say Goodnight…

John Paul White: Live at Bush Hall, London

“Don’t you dare look out your window/ Darling everything’s on fire.” Words and music from a dystopian film but words that are uncomfortably close to us all right now. Dark days are ahead on both sides of the Atlantic today, days that will make us want to close the curtains and hide away, but we…

A Taste of ‘Georgica Pond’ – JOHNNYSWIM

Georgica Pond is a 290-acre coastal lagoon located on the border of East Hampton, New York. With its miles and miles of white sandy beaches and six distinct finger like coves, which all lead back to the main body of water. Georgica Pond is beautiful and delicate yet at times troublesome and tumultuous. Perhaps that’s…

‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

“This place is called Beulah. It is a pleasant lovely shadow. Where no dispute can come.” Milton by William Blake Beulah, John Paul White’s first release since the ending of his band The Civil Wars, weaves together folk, Southern rock, Americana and even pop but all on the darker and more melancholy end of the…