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…

Coldplay: Throughout The Years

Before Coldplay became one of the most world-famous bands of the 21st Century, a couple of significant changes occurred in their early years. Initially, Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland created a band called Pectoralz in 1996 during their university studies at UCL. Over the next two years, band members were recruited; in 1997,…

Feature: Top Debut Albums of All Time

No matter how successful an artist or band may later become, their first offering is in many ways the most defining. Here, We Are Unseen pick their all time favourite debuts, and explain what makes them stand out from the crowd. White Lies: To Lose My Life Besides its sombrely uplifting core, what makes To…

Feature: Top 12 Albums To Look Forward To In 2016

With the start of the new year just around the corner, we take a look at some of the most exciting albums set for release in 2016 so far. Hinds – Leave Me Alone After forming in Madrid in 2011, Hinds have been having far too much fun playing international festivals and making friends with the likes…

Deap Vally: Feminism in Music

Back in 2011, Lindsey Troy wandered into The Little Knittery, a knitting shop owned by Julie Edwards, wearing a stained shirt and no bra. Edwards thought she was ‘pretty badass’. Little did the LA duo know a year later they would become Deap Vally – punk-rock’s very own head-banging, hair-flipping feminist icons, and an inspiration to angry teens…

Girls: ‘The Best Band That No-one’s Ever Heard Of’

Girls are the best band that no-one’s ever heard of. Their music sounds like the messy results of Buddy Holly, a gospel choir and Ariel Pink being thrown into a blender. It’s filled with a haphazard collection of clichés and references, plucked randomly from every corner of American pop culture. Combining this with stinging emotional clarity to…

Songs of Sisterhood: How the Spice Girls Changed the World

Known as the most successful female band in history, the Spice Girls have achieved so much more than international acclaim. During their six year life span, which took place between 1994 and 2000, this group of five seemingly ordinary young women influenced British pop culture in an extraordinary way. Armed with unassailable talent and an inexorable passion to create…

The Lyrical Power of Imagine Dragons

Four Las Vegas guys with one passion created a band which, unbeknownst to them, would become the “Breakthrough Band of 2013”. With the combined talent to match some of the most prestigious musical geniuses in the world; Dan, Wayne, Ben and Daniel stormed the global music industry with their alternative rock band: Imagine Dragons. Like every other successful…

Hozier: The Return of Political Music

Adopting the stage name of Hozier, Irish musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s raw vocals and impressive multi- instrumental musicianship, rooting himself within the soul, blues and pop genres, came solidly into lime-light when his song ‘Take me to Church’ topped the charts in 2014. However, beyond the powerful soul genre, catchy chorus and rustic vocals, the song empowers a prominent message…