Since her last tour show in 2018, we haven’t really heard much from New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde. After deleting much of her social media presence, leaving only two tweets and three Instagram posts, Ella (Lorde’s real name) seemed to disappear off the face of the Earth. That is, bar the email updates she’s been sending over the past couple of years, giving us a glimpse into her life and developments surrounding L3, her upcoming album. Continue reading Lorde’s Life via Email: Remaining Relevant without Social Media
Here are some of the new releases I’ve been enjoying during lockdown! Some nice (sad and happy) quarantunes. There’s a link to a playlist at the end if you’d like to listen to them.
‘A Hero’s Death’ – Fontaines D.C.
Dogrel instantly became one of my favourite albums last year, so I was very excited to hear how Fontaines D.C.’s sound would take shape on their new album. The first single from the album, ‘A Hero’s Death’, definitely defied my expectations. I didn’t think I’d ever focus on the harmonies of a post-punk song but the ‘ba ba ba’ backing vocals really made the track for me. The way they clash with the guitar and bass line gives off a kind of spooky feel. I am very eager to hear how the rest of the album will sound.
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Charli XCX announced that she was working on her fourth album via a zoom call with fans on April 6th, giving herself the close deadline of May 15th. At a few points in the month it felt as though meeting this deadline would be a close call, but once again, Charli has lived up to the hype and released an 11-track record reflecting on life in quarantine in California. Before I press play, I think we need to acknowledge that this was written, produced, and released in the space of 39 days. OF COURSE, it would be Charli to set herself this challenge while living through a pandemic. With her third full album release being only 8 months ago, I think this album proves that she deserves all the credit she gets for being one of the most innovative, hardworking people in music at the moment. Continue reading Review: how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX
What are mornings? What is time? Should I bother getting out of bed, or have I fused with my duvet? If, like me, you’re finding mornings a little pointless and frankly insulting, here are some chilled out motivational tracks. Not so upbeat that you’ll feel ready to run that 5k your mate just tagged you in, but gently rousing. Songs to make toast to. Continue reading My Quarantine Playlist: Morning Bops
The New Abnormal sees The Strokes return seven years after their last studio album, with a sound that will take fans back to the band’s glory days in the ‘00s. Continue reading Album Review: The New Abnormal by The Strokes
There’s something about Laura Marling’s bucolic folk sound and sharp British accent that makes listening to her music feel so personal, so homey, and yet provides a world to escape into. She’s even commented herself on her “uncanny” sound, and, as a three-time Mercury Prize nominee in the twelve years she’s been active, you’d think she’d know a thing or two.
I’ve been a fan of Marling’s music since her Short Movie era in 2015, although I didn’t realise that her debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, was released in 2008 when she was only eighteen! Continue reading Review: A Song for Our Daughter by Laura Marling
You’re finally listening to the podcasts you swore you’d start months ago, you have no idea what the date is and going for a walk has swiftly turned into the highlight of your day. What’s going on? Here are some of the songs I’ve been listening to in a desperate attempt to cope while I ignore my essays – enjoy! Take a listen to the … Continue reading My Quarantine Playlist