The Summer of Eps: Part 2 Joy Williams

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the story. The first of…

The Summer of Eps: Part 1 Molly Parden

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the…

Jason Isbell: Live at Kentish Town Forum

Social media is a funny thing; it creates a warped yet seemingly perfect image of public figures, and one that seems completely accurate but is in fact so far from the truth it’s almost laughable. Laughable in that you think ‘X’ is really like his 140 character updates, or rather that’s all he is. So…

The Albums I Fell In Love With This Year

I am not one for ranking art; whether that be books, films, paintings or music. How can you measure one great novel against another, or a beautiful piece of music against another piece of equally good music? You can’t. It’s an impossibility and quite frankly, demeaning to the art you’re measuring.  Firstly, who am I…

Brief Encounter: 75th Anniversary

Timelessness is two fold. On the one hand it is something that stands the test of time. It is both relatable to the generation for which it was made and future generations after. Common values, feelings and experiences pass over time and never become out dated or far removed from those watching, reading or listening….

‘She Used to Be Mine’ – Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles has been busy since her Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed album ‘The Blessed Unrest’ was released in 2014. Sara recently published a collection of essays chronicling each of her songs with the story and inspiration behind them, entitled ‘Sounds Like Me’, which she called “a love letter to my fans’, while simultaneously writing…

Maren Morris EP

I don’t know much about Maren Morris, save for her being a 25 year old Texan born, Nashville resident who has writing credits on Kelly Clarkson’s album Piece By Piece, Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven and Lucie Silvas’ Letters to Ghosts. After her self-titled EP was released on Friday, I quickly came to discover that not…

‘The Sound and the Fury’ – Nerina Pallot

In the documentary ‘To Be Free’, commenting on the relationship between artistry and activism, Nina Simone says, “You can’t help it. 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…

‘Letters to Ghosts’ – Lucie Silvas

“Letters to Ghosts” is Lucie Silvas’ first album in nearly ten years after having released “Breathe In” in 2004 and “The Same Side” in 2006. The album was recorded in Nashville with a tight knit group of friends, and produced by Silvas, John Osborne (Brothers Osborne) and Ian Fitchuk, and is released on September 18th on Lucie’s…