‘End Up with You’ – Carrie Underwood

Angular guitar riffs and less-is-more vocals introduce ‘End Up with You’, the third track to premiere from Carrie Underwood’s soon to be released album Cry Pretty, which comes out on Friday (14thSeptember). A feeling of sweetness, of innocence, and of vulnerability is imbued in ‘End Up with You’. The first verse deals with the ephemeralness … Continue reading ‘End Up with You’ – Carrie Underwood

Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

Soul music has always seemed to me the music that people need when they’ve been sufficiently beaten down by the world, and just need something that can put them back together again. Whether it’s Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Sam Cooke’s 'Just For You’, Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ or Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’, these … Continue reading Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

‘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

The Summer of Eps: Part 3 Caitlyn Smith

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 3 Caitlyn Smith

‘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 … Continue reading ‘The Sound and the Fury’ – Nerina Pallot

‘Letters to Ghosts’ – Lucie Silvas

“Letters to Ghosts” is Lucie Silvas’ first album in nearly ten years after having released “Breathe In” in 2004 and “The Same Side” in 2006. The album was recorded in Nashville with a tight knit group of friends, and produced by Silvas, John Osborne (Brothers Osborne) and Ian Fitchuk, and is released on September 18th on Lucie’s … Continue reading ‘Letters to Ghosts’ – Lucie Silvas

‘Standing Still’ – Ruby Amanfu

Of her collaboration with Jack White on his song “Love Interruption”, Ruby Amanfu says, “It was unexpected and key in shaping me”. White’s presence can be felt all over her new album “Standing Still” (Thirty Tigers/Rival & Co.), with his signature Southern gothic blues/rock as the skeleton to which all the other musical elements cling to, particularly on the tracks “Out … Continue reading ‘Standing Still’ – Ruby Amanfu

‘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

A Song a Day: ‘Sweet Love of Mine’

‘Sweet Love of Mine’ adds to the melting pot that is 'VENUS'. Gathering up the musical threads of Sade, London Grammar with elements of neo-soul and gospel into her hands, Joy Williams has created her own unique sound; soothing like a lullaby but also incredibly sensuous. “Oh my darling, sweet love of mine/ I’ll hold … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘Sweet Love of Mine’

Le Fou: An Exercise in Timeless Art

Devan DuBois, the elusive man or the music industry’s best kept secret; either is accurate especially when you’re trying to do any research on him. There’s information scattered here and there but it’s vague at best. Born in Louisiana, Devan has lived in LA and now resides in Nashville; he is part Filipino, part Indian; … Continue reading Le Fou: An Exercise in Timeless Art