Why Mandy Moore is the artist to watch in 2020: Actress, Musician and an unlikely voice of the #MeToo Movement

In the wake of the much needed #MeToo movement, emotional, physical and financial abuse has shown to be both rampant and embedded in the film and television industry. For whatever reason, the music industry seems to have escaped the tsunami of allegations and legal action that these industries have experienced. Not because abuse isn’t there, … Continue reading Why Mandy Moore is the artist to watch in 2020: Actress, Musician and an unlikely voice of the #MeToo Movement

It’s blue, the feeling I got: All the reasons why ‘Cruel Summer’ should be Taylor Swift’s next single.

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.

Blood Money: Taylor Swift’s master recordings and the war in Yemen

Scott Borchetta, the CEO and President of Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), knowingly sold his label, which includes Taylor Swift’s lucrative master recordings of her last 7 albums to Ithaca Holdings LLC., a company that is indirectly profiting from the war in Yemen. The $300 million sale includes Big Machine’s client roster, distribution deals, publishing … Continue reading Blood Money: Taylor Swift’s master recordings and the war in Yemen

‘Believe All Women’: The Problem with Hashtag Politics

An article by Bari Weiss in The New York Times in 2017 argued that “’believing all women’ can rapidly be transmogrified into an ideological orthodoxy that will not serve women at all.” Weiss goes on to argue that the concept fetishizes women in the sense that they become “truth personified”. What is not mentioned however, is … Continue reading ‘Believe All Women’: The Problem with Hashtag Politics

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

‘To The Sunset’ – Amanda Shires

Sometimes it was treadin’ water/ I guess it is sometimes for all Eve’s daughters/ Looking for happy ever after/ Forever and ever and ever, again To The Sunset, produced by Dave Cobb and released August 3, speaks to chasing something more. It’s perhaps fitting then that in the album artwork Shires resembles the artist Frida … Continue reading ‘To The Sunset’ – Amanda Shires