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Kate French-Morris

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Kate is a writer from London. She likes running, sour beer, loud guitars, and euphoric-melancholic pop. If she was a song right now she’d be Jenny by The Mountain Goats.
Deb Never Where Have All The Flowers Gone? review

Deb Never – ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’ review: half-sad, half-stoked, and in...

‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’, the 1955 Pete Seeger song that shares its name with Deb Never’s new record, repeatedly wonders, “when will...
Sleigh Bells Texis review

Sleigh Bells – ‘TEXIS’ review: another round of brilliant buzzsaw pop

Somebody’s wreaking havoc in a tin shed – hammering metal, buzzsaws whirring wildly, nuts and bolts flying in all directions. Who is it? Vocalist...
Amyl and the Sniffers - Comfort To Me review

Amyl and The Sniffers – ‘Comfort To Me’ review: sleeves still rolled up, but...

“Don’t fence me in!” demands Amy Taylor, Amyl and The Sniffers’ coiled spring of a frontwoman, two-thirds of the way through their second album....
Kacey Musgraves Star Crossed

Kacey Musgraves – ‘Star-Crossed’ review: a modern take on the black hole of heartache

“If you save yourself for marriage, you're a bore / you don't save yourself for marriage, you're a whore…ible person,” Kacey Musgraves sang in...
Big Red Machine How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last review

Big Red Machine – ‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’ review: a...

Big Red Machine plough some extremely fertile fields. The founding members alone – Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner – are...
Chubby and the Gang The Mutt's Nuts review

Chubby and the Gang – ‘The Mutt’s Nuts’ review: a teeth-rattling tour de force...

In a week when we’ve lost an all-time iconic London musician, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, it feels right to talk about a band...
Chvrches - Screen Violence review

Chvrches – ‘Screen Violence’ review: preaching to the converted

At their best, Chvrches make their beloved eighties synth-pop influences (Depeche Mode, to name the obvious one – they even borrow that stylised ‘E’)...
Billie Eilish Happier Than Ever Darkest Lyrics

Billie Eilish – ‘Happier Than Ever’ review: a seething, unsettling, intimidatingly poised second album

Zoom out from the title of Billie Eilish’s second album ‘Happier Than Ever’ – a sarky jab at those who called her too gloomy...
Bleachers - Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night review

Bleachers – ‘Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night’ review: heart-in-your-mouth pop

Imagine you have fallen in love, and you are taking your lover back to your hometown, the place where you are from. You might...
Dave 'We're All Alone In This Together review

Dave – ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’ review: a vital and emotive second...

“We’re all in this together,” said another, very different Dave about ten years ago. David Cameron, pink-cheeked Tory prime-minister of coalition Britain, repeated his...