‘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…

White Horses

He offered me a white horse and a happily ever after. I have never been much for hollow happiness, And ever afters are plans I couldn’t ever stick to.   I counter-offered two white horses, two streams of thought, And the uncertainty of love in the here and now…

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…

Some Language is More Equal Than Others

My no means less than your yes. My no to you perhaps means yes. My no is up for discussion. My no can be persuaded or explained away Or followed down the street.   It can be molded until it sounds like yes to your ears But still no to mine.   My no can…

‘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…

Silence

Silence kills. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes silence is necessary. But sitting opposite you in silence is the saddest I have ever felt. Words that were once there, shared views have gone down their separate paths. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” or some such nonsense. I forget. We have nothing left to say….

‘Uphill Battle’ – Rozzi

All women, once all the pretence and perfection has been shed, like mascara running off wet eyes, are full of contradictions and complexities that go beyond the mantle of being “a difficult woman”. We are neither good nor bad; virginal or slutty; nice or bitchy; easy or difficult; strong or weak; we are all those…