TV Review: ‘A Teacher’ – Predatory Tale Lingers Long In

*This review contains spoilers* Every so often, Television throws up productions that dwell in your mind long after the final credits. The beautiful Normal People and the powerful I May Destroy You were two such series. The new BBC mini-series A Teacher is the latest.  This is more about how it handles the uncomfortable subject matter […]Read More

Track Review: Flames // Mod Sun (Ft. Avril Lavigne)

After seeing Mod Sun in full ‘sk8er boi’ mode in last single ‘Karma’’s music video, it seemed a natural progression for him to collaborate with pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne. The duo team up on new pop-rock anthem ‘Flames’ from Mod Sun’s forthcoming fourth studio album. ‘Flames’ opens with a piano accompanying Lavigne in a sweet […]Read More

Taylor Swift: Discography Ranked

Taylor Swift graced the lockdowns of the tumultuous 2020 with two surprise albums in folklore and evermore. Both are worthy of being crowned the greatest release of her nine-album, fifteen-year-long career.  After the fall-out from Swift’s acrimonious departure from Big Machine Records and the subsequent sale of her masters, Swift has stated she will re-record […]Read More

Track Review: Michelangelo // Cassandra Jenkins

“I’m a three-legged dog, working with what I’ve got / and part of me will always be looking for what I lost” opens Cassandra Jenkins on moving new new single ‘Michelangelo’. The track is the first release from her forthcoming album An Overview on Phenomenal Nature and is a dreamy slice of Americana tinged with […]Read More

Lockdown Life: How I Have Survived Working From Home

Before the pandemic, working from home was a luxury I enjoyed for one day most weeks. It was a chance to escape interruptions, have an opportunity to focus on specific projects and act as a mental health fire-break. When the first lockdown meant we had to stay at home, I envisaged it would just be […]Read More

Track Review: Good Girls (Don’t Get Used) // Beach Bunny

Ahead of their forthcoming new EP, Blame Game, Chicago band, Beach Bunny have released their sassy new single ‘Good Girls (Don’t Get Used)’. Accompanied by a retro game styled video, the single is about women taking back control and taking aim at the manipulators and ‘players’ of the dating world. Lead singer Lili Trifilio added […]Read More

Track Review: Forever You’ll Be Known // Shelter Boy

The striking aspect of ‘Forever You’ll Be Known’, the new single by Shelter Boy is the guitar. Acoustic guitar and soaring strings provide a stirring backdrop to this dream-pop track by the German artist. The fact that guitar plays such a prominent role is unsurprising given that for ten years, the artist was the guitarist for […]Read More

Album Review: evermore // Taylor Swift

In a year clouded with uncertainty, isolation and loneliness, the richly weaved stories of folklore has been the cardigan I wrap around myself while I escape into the earthy imagery of Taylor Swift’s surprise eighth album. As the dark nights of winter have closed in, I have found myself regularly retreating into the sonic sanctuary […]Read More

Album Review: Plastic Hearts // Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is no stranger to reinvention; from fictional teen pop star Hannah Montana to the controversial R&B era of Bangerz, a detour through psychedelia with Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz and into country with Younger Now. The brilliantly rousing single ‘Midnight Sky’ signalled a direction change into 1980’s inspired rock, albeit with a […]Read More

A Puppy Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown

They say ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.’ Given the huge surge in ‘pandemic’ puppy sales they may need need a new slogan; ‘a puppy is for life, not just for lockdown.’ Registrations of new puppies jumped 26% between April and June.  With many buying dogs as lockdown companions, there is a […]Read More

Track Review: Healing // Vic Allen

“I noticed the sun, first time in months / it seems like it’s actually shining” sings Vic Allen on her new single ‘Healing’. I first noticed Vic Allen many years ago when she was busking on the streets of Norwich. Even then, her talent shone through and I remember having the feeling that I was […]Read More

Album Review: Earth to Dora // Eels

I have followed the Eels for most of their career, which has often been a rollercoaster ride through the dark recesses of Mark ‘E’ Everett’s emotional turmoil set to a jangly music box soundtrack. With Earth to Dora we arrive at album number thirteen. Given the record charts the rise and fall of a relationship, […]Read More

Track Review: lavender and heaven // iris

The healing power of music never ceases to amaze me. From the opening lyrics of ‘lavender and heaven’, by Norwegian singer songwriter iris, I knew this track was something much more than another guitar backed ballad.  25-year-old Vilde Iris Hartveit Kolltveit, or iris, hails from Bergen in Norway. ‘lavender and heaven’ is the first track […]Read More

Album Review: Letter To You // Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen has been part of the soundtrack to my life since my teenage years. While the experience of seeing Springsteen live never disappoints, album releases have often failed to meet expectations. In the past thirty years, only 2002’s The Rising and 2019’s Western Stars have stopped me returning to the nostalgia of the earlier […]Read More