Innocence and Experience: ‘Canterbury Girls’ – Lily & Madeleine

Canterbury Girls refers to Canterbury Park in Indianapolis, IN, Madeleine tells me. “It’s the first place of adolescent freedom, the first place of blossoming girlhood - and a place to imagine the future a girl wants." But as Madeleine goes onto tell me, though the park is a place freedom and child-like fantasies, full of uninhibited … Continue reading Innocence and Experience: ‘Canterbury Girls’ – Lily & Madeleine

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

‘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

‘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

Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’: an essay

In the linear notes to her album Red, Taylor Swift wrote, in reference to a love that doesn’t fade or spontaneously combust, “maybe I’ll write a whole about that kind of love if I ever find it.” And she has. But like all art, her newest album Reputation isn’t just one thing. The album has … Continue reading Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf and Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’: an essay

‘If We Were Vampires’ – Jason Isbell

Facebook can be a vortex of wasted time, full to the brim of people you have never even met and their stories but sometimes, just sometimes, Facebook spews up something of interest. In my case it was a Larry King interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American astrophysicist and author. The interview was centered on what … Continue reading ‘If We Were Vampires’ – Jason Isbell

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