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Single Review: Solar Power by Lorde

glowing single off the long-awaited L3 – ‘Solar Power’. An ironically warm tune considering the time Ella spent in Antarctica in the process of making this album, ‘Solar Power’ summons us into a world of limitless summer afternoons, endless beaches, and glistening seas. As fans on Twitter have speculated, reading between the lines of the music video points to a less than joyous scene, while the song itself excitingly invites us to “come on and let the bliss begin”. In an email sent shortly after the single’s official release (perfectly timed, despite leaks and rumours, to be on the night of this year’s only solar eclipse), Ella announced that L3 also has a name, also titled Solar power, and a release date sometime this summer, tied to the ‘natural calendar’. Continue reading Single Review: Solar Power by Lorde

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Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

What do you get when you cross a scaredy-cat with a horror movie in a cinema?
That’s what I found out first-hand when my friends convinced me to come along and watch the new Conjuring film in the cinema. It was my first time back in a cinema in over a year, and also my first time ever watching a horror movie in an actual cinema. With no blankets to hide under, I wasn’t feeling confident. Continue reading Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Review: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo is undeniable. When the 18-year-old singer released her first single, ‘drivers license’, in January, it was an instant hit, earning her 35 million monthly Spotify listeners and securing a huge fan base through TikTok streams. I liked the song. I appreciated the clever premise, emotive lyrics, and the bridge that reminded me of Lorde. But I was sceptical. I’m not usually a fan of up-and-coming pop music, and being older than Rodrigo herself, I thought that her music wouldn’t really be my scene. Continue reading Review: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo

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Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

When first entering the cinema with my housemate to see Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew about this film, aside from that it is based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, was what I had gathered from posters and advertisements: a rustic, cool-looking Frances McDormand gazing into the distance while wandering against a backdrop of barren, mountainous wastelands and picturesque sunrises. Continue reading Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

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Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy life. According to the NHS website, loss of sleep doesn’t just make you tired; it can affect your immunity, mental health and even your fertility. When Headspace announced their new Netflix series on sleep, I was excited to try it – and with exam stress rapidly approaching, improving my sleep was one thing I thought I could do to ease the pressure. Continue reading Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

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Reading Corner: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Is it weird to read Love in the Time of Cholera in the middle of a global pandemic? Maybe not, but it is becoming a bit of a cliché. Gabriel García Márquez’s novel has had a resurgence in readership since the start of COVID-19, even inspiring the title of a TV show: Love in the Time of Corona. But is the book a comfort during times of illness, or an exploration of what happens when love goes too far? Continue reading Reading Corner: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

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Review: Line of Duty (series 6)

*SPOILER ALERT* The sixth series of Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty was without a doubt the most anticipated instalment yet. Production had already been halted for six months because of the pandemic, and lockdown meant that many people discovered the show for the first time during the last hiatus. The series has kept the nation gripped over the last seven weeks, and on Sunday night, … Continue reading Review: Line of Duty (series 6)

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My Culture Comforts: Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher is a no-skip album. Each song is different yet fits cohesively into the overall sound: a mix of acoustic, indie rock and swirling synths. Sometimes avoiding rhyme altogether, Bridgers lyrics are bittersweet, cynical and funny, jumping between memory, dream and fantasy through introspective fragments. ‘Moon Song’ is her most lyrically accomplished, featuring the poetic line: ‘I will wait for the next time you want me / Like a dog with a bird at your door.’ How on earth does she manage to perform it on stage without bursting into tears? Continue reading My Culture Comforts: Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

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Review: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has done it again. By ‘it’, I mean managed to record a THIRD lockdown album. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) hit streaming platforms at midnight on Friday 9 April, and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks transported back to my tween years as a deeply committed Taylor Swift stan. Continue reading Review: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift