Reviews

A groovy bus cruises the sunny streets of London, painted with swirling hippy fonts in psychedelic pink, purple, and neon green. No, it’s not the Scooby gang’s Mystery Machine, but the Sengmobile. Aboard the upper deck, singing songs from...
Billie Eilish – 'Lost Cause' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2dRcipMCpw Billie Eilish is back again this week with another exciting track from her upcoming album, ‘Happier Than Ever’. ‘Lost Cause’ is her jab at apathy, with lyrics poking fun at a shoddy ex-boyfriend – “I...
Shy artists often make fierce performers: sometimes it’s easier to shed inhibitions within the parameters of a stage and the lines of a song. “I ain't afraid though my steps appear tentative / I scope it out then I...
There are two kinds of people in this world, “those who have felt pain and those who have yet to”. At least, that’s how Michelle Zauner's world divided after she lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2014. That...
Early one morning in January 2020 – dark, cold – Bugzy Malone runs through the streets of Manchester. His stride is strong and purposeful: he wears his discipline like armour. “Watch me this year,” he vows. And watch him, we...
“Vulnerable the beating heart / Inside of you“, sings Wyldest aka Zoe Mead on her album opener, ‘Beggar’, and it’s not only her vulnerable heart that’s on display but that of humankind. As album themes go, you don’t get many...
Black Honey — 'Fire' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lTNgXlKtLg Forever one of the most creative bands in the game (and always on an impressively tight budget), Black Honey have delivered yet again with an animated video for their empowering slowie, ‘Fire’. A track of staunch...
If weather forecasts are anything to go by, Lou Hayter’s debut solo album should land amid some perfectly timed, highly belated summer weather. Not that ‘Private Sunshine’ needs any help. The record operates like a bottle of concentrated sun...
“In two years, Black Midi’s music will be unrecognisable compared to what it is today,” the London band decreed two years ago. To hold them to their word is unfair, and to hail their second album ‘Cavalcade’ as “unrecognisable”...
Now, I can’t be certain. But I think Olivia Rodrigo might have been dumped.  For her debut LP, ‘Sour’, the 18-year-old High School Musical alumni, has created a break-up album to soundtrack teenage tears the world over. And, we suspect,...