Music / 04/05/2021 ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

It’s been a couple of years since Squid’s breakout single ‘Houseplants’, an expertly organized mess of post-punk and jazz, but the band formed in Brighton has pushed their experimentation and genre-dabbling to a whole new level on their debut Bright Green Field. The first single, ‘Narrator’, is a sprawl of shrieking instrumentals, cryptic song writing,...

Music / 04/05/2021 An interview with Grammy nominated Wolf Alice: talking Blue Weekend, returning to live performance, and more

Wolf Alice is a band that needs no introduction (but here’s one anyway). For the past decade they’ve showcased their exceptional versatility, first as a duo of frontwoman Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie, then later expanding to form a four-piece with bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey. Their music is a marvel to...

Music / 04/05/2021 It’s a love story: Taylor Swift kicks off re-recordings with ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’

When Scooter Braun bought Taylor Swift’s masters for an alleged $300 million in 2019, there was no doubt in Swift’s mind that she would be reclaiming her first six albums through carefully constructed re-recordings. This would both make the original records worthless and give Swift full ownership of her back catalogue. It makes sense that...

Music / 04/05/2021 The best albums to study to

Studying is such a personal thing, and what you do to help you study looks a little different for everyone. For some, they need complete silence, or to listen to a TV show, or to listen to their favourite pop album. For me, it has to be something more instrumental. I have to listen to...

Music / 13/04/2021 SINGLE REVIEW: Collars – Hey Lizzie, Lay It On Me

Collars’ new single ‘Hey Lizzie, Lay It On Me’ is dynamic, energised, and complex, all in the best way.  The track opens with a guitar melody and effortless vocals that are reminiscent of  the song ‘Bitch’ from the Plastiscines. There is then a switch to a sound more Florence + the Machine-esque with its strong...

Music / 13/04/2021 ALBUM REVIEW: Middle Kids – Today We’re the Greatest

Middle Kids’ recent release Today We’re the Greatest is better produced than their first work Lost Friends, but there’s not much deviation here in terms of style, and the song structures are unvarying, causing the album to blend into itself. The album’s opener ‘Bad Neighbours’ is an interesting albeit slow start, an acoustic piece which...



Bestival 2012

As festival season comes to a close, Lottie Allen reports from Bestival. Headliners included Florence and the Machine, New Order and Stevie Wonder.

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