‘End Up with You’ – Carrie Underwood

Angular guitar riffs and less-is-more vocals introduce ‘End Up with You’, the third track to premiere from Carrie Underwood’s soon to be released album Cry Pretty, which comes out on Friday (14thSeptember). A feeling of sweetness, of innocence, and of vulnerability is imbued in ‘End Up with You’. The first verse deals with the ephemeralness…

In Defence of The New Yorker and Freedom of Speech

“I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.” –      Voltaire “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;.” –      First Amendment, United States Constitution   Last week David Remnick, political journalist and editor of The New…

In memory of Tessa Jowell

Foreward I wrote the following the day I found out that Tessa Jowell had died. I remember reading the news on my phone, as one now does, and crying. As explain below, the New Labour government, which encompassed Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Tessa Jowell and many many others, was instrumental to my mother, my brother,…

‘To The Sunset’ – Amanda Shires

Sometimes it was treadin’ water/ I guess it is sometimes for all Eve’s daughters/ Looking for happy ever after/ Forever and ever and ever, again To The Sunset, produced by Dave Cobb and released August 3, speaks to chasing something more. It’s perhaps fitting then that in the album artwork Shires resembles the artist Frida…

‘God is a woman’ – Ariana Grande

Sensual guitars and Grande’s vocal open ‘God is a woman’, creating a RnB and nu-soul tinged atmosphere full of longing and want. Heavy reggae infused beats and synths fill the song expanding into the pre-chorus with Grande’s voice sliding into her signature higher register. Her vocals quickening and becoming breathless with each line. And I…

Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae

The external becomes the internal, the political becomes the personal and vice versa. One bleeds into the other until it’s all muddy and messy and we don’t know where outside influences begin or where we end. In Erin Rae’s album Putting On Airs, co-produced by Dan Knobler and Jerry Bernhardt,(Single Lock, 8th June) the personal…

‘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…