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…

‘Simple Song’ – John Paul White

As a labour of love producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Anderson East, Chris Stapleton) decided to create a concept album that best represented the South; their South not the Hollywood version, and asked his collaborators, which include Isbell, Stapleton and East as well as John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Miranda Lambert and Shooter…

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…

Macbeth OST – Jed Kurzel

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest play, yet one of his bloodiest. It tells the story of a Scottish warrior turned traitor, and his wife who after hearing a supernatural prophecy decide to kill the King and take his place on the throne. “Blood begets blood” and soon Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both caught in a…

‘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…

‘Cannibal’ – Jill Andrews

Singer/Songwriter Jill Andrews is known for her folk and bluegrass sounds from her time as part of the Everybodyfields. However, on September 25th that all changes when she releases her latest album, ‘The War Inside’; a collection of songs about loss, hardship and hope. Andrews has already released one track from the album, ‘Get Up,…