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You don’t forget Karen Dalton’s voice in a hurry. A quivering, quavering thing that veers tirelessly between strength and vulnerability, for the past 60 years it has sat in an enduring sour spot between folk and the blues, haunting...
Of late, and to mixed effect, Lana Del Rey has administered several doses of reality into her mythic shtick. Her real-life girlfriends adorn the cover of her previous album, March’s ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, while her now-deleted Instagram...
Gracie Abrams – ‘Rockland’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5xhFxcJmU Noted Taylor Swift stan Gracie Abrams has taken a leaf out of her idol’s book and teamed up with The National’s Aaron Dessner – who worked on both ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ – on her new single ‘Rockland’. “Bet...
For a popstar to exist on a first-name basis alone, they often need to clue us into what and who they are. With Beyoncé, we expect high-octane dance performances, songs of empowering energy and Black-excellence polish. With Rihanna, we...
Reflecting on the process of writing her masterpiece, ‘Blue’, Joni Mitchell once confessed that she spent that period of her life “dripping in earnestness and sincerity”. Earnestness doesn’t always look how you expect it to. For Self Esteem aka...
For the French amongst us (bonjour et merci d'avoir lu ceci), the name Dalida is every bit as legendary as fellow mononymous pop queens Madonna or Beyoncé. With her own square in Paris complete with a bronze bust boasting...
“She’s indecisive, she can’t decide”, Sean Kingston once sang. No, he wasn’t a Libra himself, but he may well have been singing about one. Represented by the scales, the Libra is concerned with balance, which means they’re great at spinning...
Though it was nearly a year ago, Jesy Nelson’s decision to leave Little Mix on the grounds of poor mental health remains nothing short of revolutionary. A rare move of open no-nonsense autonomy in pop, she cemented the notion...
There is usually a bit of ceremony around a Glastonbury Festival headliner announcement, but in one not-so-cryptic Instagram post last week, Billie Eilish marked the latest in the important trajectory of both the festival and her own career. At...
Billie Eilish is almost an adjective. Far beyond simply embodying the cultural zeitgeist, the 19-year-old has established herself as pop’s appointed antichrist. She delights in subverting every long-held expectation of the genre: hers is a far sharper, meaner incarnation,...