James Ward

Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend isa tightly packed and exquisitely produced album which takes the best of their previous works while managing to create its own identity. The instrumental arrangements are refined and contained, while Ellie Rowsell’s vocals and lyricism are at an all-time high. The album opens with ‘The Beach’, a beautiful arrangement of acoustic…

Gaming

Most Memorable Gaming Experiences

Pokémon FireRed Every Friday, if I’d been well-behaved that week, my mum would drive me to The Game Zone, a video game rental shop not far from our house whose stock of retro games I wouldn’t fully appreciate until years after it closed down. There, I would pick up the same copy of Pokémon FireRed…

Gaming

The Best AAA Games

Fire Emblem: Three Houses As a big fan of indie games, I rarely play AAA titles. The Call of Dutys and GTAs haven’t ever really appealed to me that much — they are fun, don’t get me wrong, but they’ve never really been games I could play for hours on end. I certainly wouldn’t play…

Music

You need to listen to LONG SEASON

LONG SEASON is an album and the name of its only track, produced by the Japanese dub group Fishmans in 1996. It’s the spiritual successor to their ’96 single, ‘SEASON’, which is similar in tone but not in ambition. LONG SEASON is a well-known piece among indie circles and online music forums, and certainly Fishmans’…

Gaming

Women in the Gaming Industry

Over the last few decades, the proportional makeup of gamers has increased to 52% women in 2014 according to a study by The Guardian, a statistic which challenges the gamer stereotype. Why then are so few women developing games? Only around 20% of game developers are women, and it seems strange to me that with…

Music

REVIEW: Pale Waves – Who Am I?

Pale Waves are back with their sophomore release Who Am I?, the successor to 2018’s My Mind Makes Noises. It’s a more complex album than their debut: both thematically and sonically, with mature lyrics (concerning the deconstruction of identity amongst other ideas) and more prominent guitars. Noticeably on the album, Heather Baron-Gracie’s vocals have a…

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