Music / 19/01/2021 Pale Waves’ Heather Baron-Gracie talks recording in lockdown, normalising LGBTQ+ relationships in new single ‘She’s My Religion,’ and more

Heather Baron-Gracie is the lead singer of Pale Waves, an indie rock band that rose to stardom after supporting The 1975 on their North American tour in 2017. They then released their debut EP ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID and album My Mind Makes Noises, with their debut album reaching number eight on the...

Music / 19/01/2021 MF DOOM: The passing of rap’s supervillain

On Thursday 31st December, the death of rapper MF DOOM (real name Daniel Dumile) was announced by his family. A week on, it still feels surreal that I am writing these words. In an Instagram post, Dumile’s wife, Jasmine, wrote that he was “the greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I...

Music / 15/12/2020 John Martyn – My favourite guitarist and singer

“Keep on loving while your love is strong / Keep on loving ‘til your love is gone” – ‘Small Hours’, from his album One World [1977] John Martyn could be horrible. He was a domestically abusive husband, a neglectful father, and a publicly violent alcoholic. Interviewed later in life, he said, “You know, when I...

Music / 15/12/2020 Venue’s albums of the year

Phoenix by Dirty Loops Sam Gardham Dirty Loops have been described as a muso’s wet dream. From Sweden, the three members – singer and pianist Jonah Nilsson, bassist Henrik Linder, drummer Aron Mellergård – are virtuosic classical and jazz-trained pop musicians. Phoenix, their first album since 2014’s Loopified, has been a while in the making...

Music / 15/12/2020 Norwich rock band Settlem3nt to release new single ‘Lucid Dreams’

Norwich alternative rock band Settlem3nt are set to release their second and last single of the year – ‘Lucid Dreams’ – on the 18th of December. The four-piece band formed in 2018, going on to release an album in 2019 titled Incisions and another single in 2020 titled ‘Champagne,’ described as the first ‘completely self-recorded...


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Dark and disturbing songs: Hurt by Johnny Cash

“Hurt” by Johnny Cash is the dark song I’ve chosen. I love the contrast of this song: it’s stripped-back, acoustic simplicity, versus it’s terrifying lyrics (“I hurt myself today”). It’s simplicity means that the focus is on Johnny Cash’s haunting vocals. The line “What have I become?” line makes you wonder what whoever wrote it…


Favourite Recent Singles

Travis Scott feat. Young Thug & M.I.A. – FRANCHISE Jake Walker-Charles “FRANCHISE” by Travis Scott, Young Thug and M.I.A is a stand-out track. These artists, who have approximately fourteen US top 10 hits between them, have all been known to push stylistic boundaries.  Their unique vocal performances give the song depth and dimension, whilst still…


Review: IDLES – Ultra Mono

The day I started writing this review my girlfriend passed out in the bathroom, half-drowned in toilet water and ended up in A&E for a brain scan; yet after one listen to IDLES third album Ultra Mono, it became clear that I’m not nearly as stressed out as frontman Joe Talbot.  IDLES work has flirted…

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