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

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

Love, me – Lennon Stella

On November 16th, Lennon Stella released her EP Love, me. Stella is an anomaly in that she is a pop artist with singer-songwriter writing sensibilities. Her songs are never simple or one-dimensional. They may have that catchy pop hook but there is a maturity, a non-black and white perspective that singers’ decades older haven’t been … Continue reading Love, me – Lennon Stella

In the inhale and exhale of ‘Breakway’ – Lennon Stella

The 19-year-old Lennon Stella co-wrote ‘Breakaway’ with Jarryd James, Sam De Jong and Kate York. Maybe it was the winds, or perhaps the muse, that brought the beginnings of ‘Breakaway’ to Stella when she was on a writing trip in Nicaragua. Famous for its vast lakes and formidable volcanoes, rich coffee, and the poet and journalist Gioconda … Continue reading In the inhale and exhale of ‘Breakway’ – Lennon Stella

‘My 404’ – Party Nails

I am unsure where to place Party Nails, the moniker of Los Angeles based musician Elana Belle Carroll, in the spectrum of the music I know and am familiar with but for me it has echoes of Madi Diaz’s Phantom and Holly Conlan’s Sirens. The simple yet intricate song writing and the originality of the … Continue reading ‘My 404’ – Party Nails

‘Words’ – Taylor Noelle

First impressions are never very good indicators. Of people, of books, and of music, yet we still hold onto those first judgements time and time again, and we usually end up stumbling over our preconceived notions and into something new that wakes us up from how we thought things should be. When Taylor Swift released … Continue reading ‘Words’ – Taylor Noelle

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