This year has been hard. Like knee deep in mud that each time you moved further forward you got sucked down deeper, hard. I have been relatively lucky. I have remained healthy as have most of my immediate family. That is not to say there haven’t been moments of frustration, anger, upset, and deep heartbreak … More Best of… 2020
If folklore was Swift roaming the woods in late summer, looking inward but also starting afresh and seeing things from a pure, new perspective, then evermore is Swift looking at strangers’ hopes, dreams, loves and losses through the dark of a frosted glass of winter, and fully revelling in her ability to tell other people’s stories in a way … More evermore: Taylor Swift’s glass menagerie of endings and almosts’.
In Earnest are set to release their second single ‘Come Upstairs’ on Friday from their self-titled debut EP due out later this year. The band from Southend-on-Sea is made up of Sarah, Thomas and Toby, formerly of the band Carousel, who went on to perform at Cambridge Folk Festival. The forthcoming six-track EP was produced … More Why In Earnest is the band for our times.
The new merger, shall we call it, between Department for International Development (DfID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was announced last week by the Prime Minister. The Cabinet had not been consulted so presumably this was a longstanding dream of Johnson and his chief adviser, Dominic Cummings. DfID, then known as the Ministry … More Boris Johnson’s political self-sabotage: the destruction of DfID and Britain’s standing in the world.
There is something to be said for crying over a broken heart in the summer, with the heat warming your skin and letting the sun dry your tears. It still hurts but the sting is tempered, and it feels less like death by a thousand tiny cuts. When Nashville songstress Sophie Sanders wrote ‘California’ she … More ‘California’ – Sophie Sanders
I was sent Jill Andrews’ upcoming album Thirties in January around the same time I was reading Melissa Broder’s book The Pisces. Both tell the story of being a woman in your 30s and feeling like “this isn’t how it’s meant to be”. I remember thinking how coincidental that I, a woman in her early … More ‘Thirties’ – Jill Andrews
Caitlyn Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville. Smith has written for the likes of Meghan Trainor and John Legend (‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’), Dolly Parton (‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’) and Lady Antebellum (‘427’). Most recently Smith co-wrote the song ‘Glasgow (No Place Like Home)’ for the film Wild Rose, which won Best … More ‘Supernova’ – Caitlyn Smith
Lennon Stella performed her first sold out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday night. Stella is famous for her role on the hit TV show Nashville as well as being one of half the musical duo Lennon & Maisy with her sister. Stella was supported by singer-songwriter JP Saxe, who features on her new … More Lennon Stella – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
You are at that point in your life where all your friends are married or about to tie the knot, and then on the other side of the street, there you are at home with your cat, still getting the whole bed to yourself and getting to do whatever you want. But you are so … More ‘All My Friends Are Married’ – Sophie Sanders
In the wake of the much needed #MeToo movement, emotional, physical and financial abuse has shown to be both rampant and embedded in the film and television industry. For whatever reason, the music industry seems to have escaped the tsunami of allegations and legal action that these industries have experienced. Not because abuse isn’t there, … More Why Mandy Moore is the artist to watch in 2020: Actress, Musician and an unlikely voice of the #MeToo Movement