‘Thirties’ – Jill Andrews

I was sent Jill Andrews’ upcoming album Thirties in January around the same time I was reading Melissa Broder’s book The Pisces. Both tell the story of being a woman in your 30s and feeling like “this isn’t how it’s meant to be”. I remember thinking how coincidental that I, a woman in her early … Continue reading ‘Thirties’ – Jill Andrews

‘All My Friends Are Married’ – Sophie Sanders

You are at that point in your life where all your friends are married or about to tie the knot, and then on the other side of the street, there you are at home with your cat, still getting the whole bed to yourself and getting to do whatever you want. But you are so … Continue reading ‘All My Friends Are Married’ – Sophie Sanders

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