John Paul White – Live at Omeara

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…

That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

“That place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll be waiting.”   Not many songs make me cry on the first or second listen, but at the point where Ariana sings, “love how my face fits so good in your neck”, tears were falling and that ache of remembering…

‘Stafire’ – Caitlyn Smith

Now I’m staring at an empty chair and I still see you everywhere And go to places that we’d go just so I can feel you ‘East Side Restaurant’ Songs are moments, caught in time and preserved like good wine. Photographs you look at and try to remember the moment the shutter clicked but music…

Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

“I don’t like your little games/ Don’t like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no, I don’t like you.” Last week Taylor Swift announced her new album Reputation and the accompanying first single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. In the run up to both announcements, Swift had wiped her social media accounts and…

Dia Frampton – Scars, Cuts and Bruises

“Bruises can be dangerous, because they don’t quite break the skin, so you feel like you’re actually okay, but the pain is buried underneath”. These are the words Dia Frampton uses when describing her upcoming album Bruises (released March 3rd). “I felt like over the years I had accumulated many bruises: fear of failure, fear…

A Taste of ‘Georgica Pond’ – JOHNNYSWIM

Georgica Pond is a 290-acre coastal lagoon located on the border of East Hampton, New York. With its miles and miles of white sandy beaches and six distinct finger like coves, which all lead back to the main body of water. Georgica Pond is beautiful and delicate yet at times troublesome and tumultuous. Perhaps that’s…

‘Beulah’ – John Paul White

“This place is called Beulah. It is a pleasant lovely shadow. Where no dispute can come.” Milton by William Blake Beulah, John Paul White’s first release since the ending of his band The Civil Wars, weaves together folk, Southern rock, Americana and even pop but all on the darker and more melancholy end of the…

‘Young Runaway’ – Hattie Briggs

Young Runaway is Hattie Briggs’ second album due out on July 8th. The album was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales by Peter Waterman (Uriah Heap), the producer behind Hattie’s debut album, Red & Gold, which was met with critical acclaim both in the UK and abroad. Hattie Briggs was in her second year…

‘Keep It Together’ – Lily & Madeleine

When I interviewed Lily & Madeleine back in November 2014, it was clear from our conversation that their upcoming and still to be written third album was going to powerful. Not in an obvious way because that’s not how the sisters roll but in a quietly defiant and honest way; a way that makes you…

John Paul White

In November of last year John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, performed an unexpected and low key set of brand new songs at The Moth Light in North Carolina. Accompanying White were The Secret Sisters who brought female harmonies and emotional echoes to the songs, and a small band consisting of a keyboardist/cellist…