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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading ‘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 … Continue reading ‘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 … Continue reading ‘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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading ‘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, … Continue reading Why Mandy Moore is the artist to watch in 2020: Actress, Musician and an unlikely voice of the #MeToo Movement
2019 has been a lot of ups but a lot more downs. Music has always helped me interpret the world around me and my experiences, and writing has always helped me get out what I'm feeling or thinking, and put it into something tangible that I can go back to and hold in my hands. … Continue reading A Year in Review: top articles of 2019
In spite of the political turmoil and trauma taking place on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the rest of the world, art and music has stepped into the void, nurturing forward thinking conversation and holding up a mirror to our way of life, which is no longer serving us. Perhaps political chaos and … Continue reading Music Amidst the Chaos: My Top Albums of 2019