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…

Better / Man Didn’t Walk on the Moon – Nerina Pallot

In 2015, Nerina Pallot released The Sound and the Fury an album that delved in and picked apart the political fabric of the past few years in Britain. It was Pallot’s Nina Simone moment of an artist reflecting the political, social and emotional landscape of her time and engaging with it, something Pallot captured powerfully….

‘One’ – Birdtalker

“If we keep running around deciding who’s right and wrong/ Then tell me, where are we headed?/ How can we all belong/ When all our logic is colliding/ And it’s constantly dividing me from you.” These words could transcend human experience from friendships to romantic relationships, to familial relationships right the way through to our connection to every human…

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 a Larry King interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American astrophysicist and author. The interview was centered on what…

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…