‘No Tears Left To Cry’ – Ariana Grande

There has been much interpretation and reading between-the-lines of Ariana Grande’s new single ‘No Tears Left To Cry’. The media have dubbed the song a “tribute to her fans” or a “comeback” after the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last year, which saw fans and their families killed and injured, after Grande had left…

‘Stay Lucky’: an interview with Nerina Pallot

Three years ago, Nerina Pallot released The Sound and the Fury an intensely political record that reckoned with the death and legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the murder of Lee Rigby, the now-closed refugee camp in Calais, and the intricacies of navigating the world as a woman. The record was infused with electro-pop and heavy synths and…

Silence

Silence kills. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes silence is necessary. But sitting opposite you in silence is the saddest I have ever felt. Words that were once there, shared views have gone down their separate paths. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” or some such nonsense. I forget. We have nothing left to say….

‘Uphill Battle’ – Rozzi

All women, once all the pretence and perfection has been shed, like mascara running off wet eyes, are full of contradictions and complexities that go beyond the mantle of being “a difficult woman”. We are neither good nor bad; virginal or slutty; nice or bitchy; easy or difficult; strong or weak; we are all those…

‘Stafire’ – Caitlyn Smith

Now I’m staring at an empty chair and I still see you everywhere And go to places that we’d go just so I can feel you ‘East Side Restaurant’ Songs are moments, caught in time and preserved like good wine. Photographs you look at and try to remember the moment the shutter clicked but music…

The Girl With Her Heart in a Box

There once was a girl who kept her heart in a box. She met a man and wanted to show him her heart. She opened the box, and took out her heart, piece by piece, laying it on the floor for him to see. You see, another man had once broken her heart so she…

‘December Song’ – Joy Williams feat. Birdtalker

Christmas and New Year is a troubled time of year. On the one hand, it can be immensely joyful, fulfilling and happy but on the other it can be sad and lonely, full of the longing and homesickness for people no longer in our lives. Whether those absences are down to choice or fate, it…

Midnight – Jessie Ware

Midnight, the witching hour, the moment one day ends and becomes part of the past, and the next one begins. Wilson Pickett sung about waiting till the midnight hour, when no one else was around, to be with his lover, “I’m gonna take you, girl, and hold you/ And do all things I told you,…

Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

“I don’t like your little games/ Don’t like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no, I don’t like you.” Last week Taylor Swift announced her new album Reputation and the accompanying first single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. In the run up to both announcements, Swift had wiped her social media accounts and…