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

Midnight – Jessie Ware

Midnight, the witching hour, the moment one day ends and becomes part of the past, and the next one begins. Wilson Pickett sung about waiting till the midnight hour, when no one else was around, to be with his lover, “I'm gonna take you, girl, and hold you/ And do all things I told you, … Continue reading Midnight – Jessie Ware

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

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 … Continue reading A Taste of ‘Georgica Pond’ – JOHNNYSWIM