Reviews

Near-chaos, violence covered in sugar and candy. That’s how Bruce Springsteen once described Wall of Sound records, and on ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’, Pom Pom Squad pursue that description to its extreme. “It hits me and it feels like...
Diligent diarists have a secret weapon: an exclusive spyhole to the past, the view relatively unobscured. 26-year-old Lucy Dacus typed up thirteen of her teenage diaries, deploying their contents with unflinching vigour on her third album, ‘Home Video’. That Dacus...
Joy Crookes – ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLFCcnYSCyE Don’t be fooled by the Wall of Sound and the throwback soulful feel: ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ is a track that drips with irony, skewering performative activism – “Put my name...
Mykki Blanco once read somewhere that humans experience 256 variations of emotions in one day. One day? Blanco only needs 27 minutes and 28 seconds. Their new mini-album ‘Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep’ runs the gamut from grief to...
Nothing can resist the pull of a black hole – and not many can resist the gravitas of Griff, the pop universe’s newest bright star. Her January single ‘Black Hole’ made an early bid for track of the year,...
In a dark, sweltering cinema screen in central London, Wolf Alice are sat in front of a crowd of people waiting for them to perform live for the first time since 2019. “I hope I don’t have a panic...
In a year of big, brilliant releases from the likes of Wolf Alice, Du Blonde, St Vincent, Japanese Breakfast, and Olivia Rodrigo, it feels good to hear from a band that lit the way. Torchbearers for the outsiders, the...
Before we begin, it's important to note that the biggest comeback track of the week came from Lorde with her sun-drenched single 'Solar Power' – we had so much to say about it, we gave it its own article....
Lorde certainly picks her moments. What better time to release a track called ‘Solar Power’ than the evening after the sun is literally snuffed out in a ring of fire? As always, she’s in on the joke.  It’s hard to...
“Why be a wallflower when you can be a Venus fly trap?” – a highly Marina-style question posed on the second track of her new album – and a question raised by the mellow non-Marina conformity of her previous...