‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande

Breakfast at Tiffany’s and bottles of bubbles/ Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble/ Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines/ Buy myself all of my favorite things Who would have thought that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ 1959 song ‘My Favourite Things’ would be being danced to in 2019, a mere 60 years after it first appeared…

That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

“That place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll be waiting.”   Not many songs make me cry on the first or second listen, but at the point where Ariana sings, “love how my face fits so good in your neck”, tears were falling and that ache of remembering…

Love, me – Lennon Stella

On November 16th, Lennon Stella released her EP Love, me. Stella is an anomaly in that she is a pop artist with singer-songwriter writing sensibilities. Her songs are never simple or one-dimensional. They may have that catchy pop hook but there is a maturity, a non-black and white perspective that singers’ decades older haven’t been…

In the inhale and exhale of ‘Breakway’ – Lennon Stella

The 19-year-old Lennon Stella co-wrote ‘Breakaway’ with Jarryd James, Sam De Jong and Kate York. Maybe it was the winds, or perhaps the muse, that brought the beginnings of ‘Breakaway’ to Stella when she was on a writing trip in Nicaragua. Famous for its vast lakes and formidable volcanoes, rich coffee, and the poet and journalist Gioconda…

‘My 404’ – Party Nails

I am unsure where to place Party Nails, the moniker of Los Angeles based musician Elana Belle Carroll, in the spectrum of the music I know and am familiar with but for me it has echoes of Madi Diaz’s Phantom and Holly Conlan’s Sirens. The simple yet intricate song writing and the originality of the…

‘Words’ – Taylor Noelle

First impressions are never very good indicators. Of people, of books, and of music, yet we still hold onto those first judgements time and time again, and we usually end up stumbling over our preconceived notions and into something new that wakes us up from how we thought things should be. When Taylor Swift released…

‘Believe All Women’: The Problem with Hashtag Politics

An article by Bari Weiss in The New York Times in 2017 argued that “’believing all women’ can rapidly be transmogrified into an ideological orthodoxy that will not serve women at all.” Weiss goes on to argue that the concept fetishizes women in the sense that they become “truth personified”. What is not mentioned however, is…