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 … Continue reading Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae

‘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 … Continue reading ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ – Ariana Grande

Midnight – Jessie Ware

Midnight, the witching hour, the moment one day ends and becomes part of the past, and the next one begins. Wilson Pickett sung about waiting till the midnight hour, when no one else was around, to be with his lover, “I'm gonna take you, girl, and hold you/ And do all things I told you, … Continue reading Midnight – Jessie Ware

Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

"I don't like your little games/ Don't like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no, I don't like you." Last week Taylor Swift announced her new album Reputation and the accompanying first single 'Look What You Made Me Do'. In the run up to both announcements, Swift had wiped her social media accounts and … Continue reading Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

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 … Continue reading The Summer of Eps: Part 2 Joy Williams

‘Delilah’ – Anderson East

‘Delilah’, Anderson East’s debut album, produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) is a collection of ‘60s Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Doo-Wop and Country. For those who are suspicious of imitation, fear not because though the record brings elements of the past into the mix, it is an undeniably original and modern piece … Continue reading ‘Delilah’ – Anderson East

Let’s Get Real About Role Models

So who is your role model?Your mother? Your sister? Your Grandmother? Or is it more likely to be Taylor Swift or Marilyn Monroe?Whoever your role model is in this crazy world, or the person you are looking to emulate, you need to bear two things in mind.They are not, I repeat not, perfect by any … Continue reading Let’s Get Real About Role Models