Reviews

Less than a year ago, Hayley Williams lightened the first weeks of lockdown with 'Petals for Armor', two powerful, experimental EPs exploring her vulnerability and loss. She accompanied the release with a series of videos tracing themes of death...
Cardi B – 'Up' Cardi B is back and the monster success of ‘WAP’ certainly hasn’t changed her. ‘Up’ is exactly the kind of follow-up you’d expect: bold, braggadocious and delightfully provocative. Cardi’s first solo release in some time weaves...
“I’m in my room and that’s all there is.” It’s hard not to give a wry chuckle upon hearing the final line of ‘Trying’, the first single from The Staves’ new record, ‘Good Woman’. Though it was written and...
“I’ll be your mirror,” wrote Lou Reed in 1966, capturing the role of musical artist in four words. On the cover of her fifth record ‘Ignorance’, Tamara Lindeman, the Canadian musician behind The Weather Station, embodies Lou’s line. She...
‘For the first time’ is not a considered, conceptual album, say Black Country, New Road, but “a true document of what we were doing in our first year” – or as they put it in the final track, “what...
Would any artist take on the mantle of “next big thing” if they had the choice? There’s a certain alchemy at play when music critics bestow this honour – part wisdom, part taste, and more often, sheer luck –...
“I see myself sitting beside you,” Arlo Parks says on the spoken-word opener to her debut album. And that’s exactly how it feels to listen to ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’: as if the poetic, multifarious London artist is sat right...
Yellow, orange, red: Goat Girl’s photo shoot palette for ‘On All Fours’ is deliberate – colours of fierce joy that also bring out the band’s incendiary nature. But the follow-up to their charged debut sees the same issues –...
FKA Twigs (ft. Headie One and Fred again…) - ‘Don’t Judge Me’  Building upon FKA Twigs’ ethereal contribution to the ‘Judge Me’ interlude, which appeared on ‘GANG’, the 2020 collaborative mixtape from Headie One and Fred again…, ‘Don’t Judge Me’...
It’s no secret Fredo likes to shop in Harrods. His fondness for the luxury London store is almost as renowned as his knack for terse truths. Since the shopping habit strayed into meme territory, however, he felt compelled to...