Album Review: Dwellings – Lavender Town

As a whole, Lavender Town sits comfortably within the indie genre. Supplemented by lots of rock guitar riffs, the infrequent but precise use of guttural screaming and growls is apparent in many of the songs without becoming overused and stale; instead they provide emphasis and have an intense effect. “Pink Noise” is unavoidable as an…

Review: LadyChild – LadyChild

The latest jazz-pop performer to emerge from New York has proved herself more than ready to release a debut EP. Growing up in Putnam County LadyChild  (born Genevieve Faivre) has immersed herself in the arts from a tender age; having taken on piano and singing lessons, to eventually reading Performance and Philosophy at college, she…

Music Scenes: The 5 Best Soundtracks of 2017

In our second 2017 round-up piece, some of our writers have chosen the five best soundtracks from TV and film this year. From fluffy bears to gritty warfare, a good audio accompaniment can deeply affect how you view something, so read on to see some of the most effective audiovisual combinations to hit our screens…

Screening Music: The 5 Best Videos of 2017

Our selection of the best music videos of 2017 includes dances of colour, classic movie tropes, enchanting spectacles and myriad notes of didacticism. Join us on our countdown of the five most bewitching, engrossing and powerful visual articulations of music to emerge this year.  5. Andromeda, Gorillaz This may seem a peculiar contender for best…

Review: The LaFontaines – Common Problem

If you were to put the iconic sound of Def Leppard into a blender with the indie charm of Biffy Clyro, the blitzed up end product would be The LaFontaines, a perfectly typical indie band. Putting cynicism to one side, their latest album holds promise for the group. Although primarily anchored in the indie genre,…

Feature: Nina Simone – From Strange Fruit, to Müller Yoghurt and Bach

After being denied entry to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia on the basis of her skin colour, Eunice Waymon defied subservience by adopting the name Nina Simone. She went on to use her classical musical education to forge out a career for herself, transcending through the genres of pop, folk, jazz and the…