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
Lennon Stella performed her first sold out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday night. Stella is famous for her role on the hit TV show Nashville as well as being one of half the musical duo Lennon & Maisy with her sister. Stella was supported by singer-songwriter JP Saxe, who features on her new … Continue reading Lennon Stella – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Swift threads the colour blue throughout Lover. It’s the colour of her lover’s heart. The colour they paint the town and her boyfriend’s brother’s room. ‘Cruel Summer’ is the first song on the album where Swift paints her feelings in colour. It's blue/ The feeling I got. ‘Cruel Summer’ is like walking out into the … Continue reading It’s blue, the feeling I got: All the reasons why ‘Cruel Summer’ should be Taylor Swift’s next single.
The song is like smoke. Hard to catch and hold onto. You listen to it once and you feel sad. You listen again for deeper meaning and find some, but on each listen since that meaning goes and a new set of emotions and interpretations take its’ place. You can’t hold to it. Each time … Continue reading ‘The Archer’ – Taylor Swift
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
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
Happy is not a word that is usually associated with John Paul White’s music. Full of longing, heartbreakingly beautiful but definitely not happy. But in this case, White brought the sweetener, bringing the bitter taste to a halt. White opened with ‘I Wish I Could Write You a Song’ delivered in his pure and haunting … Continue reading John Paul White – Live at Omeara
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