Music Amidst the Chaos: My Top Albums 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

‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House

You ain’t my boyfriend/ I ain’t your girlfriend/ But you don't want me to see nobody else/ And I don't want you to see nobody It’s start-stop and start again. The opening bars, with their distorted accordion, push and pull you. The lyrics are back and forth, brimming with tension and confusion. Even the chorus … Continue reading ‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House

‘The Hurting Kind’ – John Paul White

Each song on John Paul White’s album The Hurting Kind (April 12th on Single Lock) is its own hurting kind. White is careful not to equate romantic love as the only thing that hurts but rather leaving it open to all things, whether that be time moving on and the hurt of looking back on what … Continue reading ‘The Hurting Kind’ – John Paul White

Hope in the Dark: A conversation with singer-songwriter Sophie Sanders

In early January I met singer-songwriter Sophie Sanders. Sophie had released her debut album Steep and Shining Spaces in November, a collection of poetic songs set against a sonically luscious ambience, which brings to mind front porches in the spring as the magnolia is about to bloom, hardwood floors at night, and open blue skies. This … Continue reading Hope in the Dark: A conversation with singer-songwriter Sophie Sanders

That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

"That place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll be waiting."   Not many songs make me cry on the first or second listen, but at the point where Ariana sings, “love how my face fits so good in your neck”, tears were falling and that ache of remembering … Continue reading That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Label

Spotify is a great way to get music to people globally either for free or at a very low-cost monthly subscription. It is also now being used as an effective social media tool in that it allows artists to gain new fans either through their own Spotify pages or via specifically curated playlists. The streaming … Continue reading The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Label

‘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 … Continue reading ‘God is a woman’ – Ariana Grande