“The highly anticipated 2021 debut album ‘Ashlyn’ covers a variety of themes and styles, ranging from a slow ballad about loving someone through every obstacle, to a direct indie anthem about the experience of post-long-term relationship one-night stands.” Hannah Kieve introduces Ashe, reflecting on her lyricism as an artist.
Literature Editor Hetta Johnson breaks down the best songs to feature on our screens. Whether it be a moving addition or an enlivening accompaniment, it is hard to imagine watching a film or show and not feeling the effect of the soundtrack. Here are a select few to be appreciated today.
For the music section’s September Review, Hetta Johnson discusses Halsey’s ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’. She explores how this album, structured around her new experience as a mother, represents a new chapter for Halsey while still remaining true to her iconic discography.
To celebrate the end of yet another popular season of Love Island Hannah Kieve compiles her favourite songs from emerging artists recently featured on the show. She has even included her own full-length playlist at the bottom!
Solar Power received a mixed reception from fans and critics when it debuted last week. But what do Katherine Lai and Elsie Clark, professional armchair critics and self-proclaimed Lorde experts, think of it?
This new mini-series ‘Book Inspired Playlists’ aims to introduce us to literature through the medium of music, offering a voice those emotions and feelings that cannot be easily explained through words. First, Emily Poncia takes on Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy.
In our ‘Introduction to:’ series, writers take their artists who are perhaps more unknown or underrated than they should be showing us exactly why they deserve more attention. This time, Lifestyle Editor Gloria Morey introduces Faouzia and reflects on the beauty that comes from excellent lyrics sung even more excellently.
“A quick disclaimer: this ranking will take into account how much I like the song personally, as well as the Bond-ness, for lack of a better phrase. So, while Shirley Bassey’s themes may not feature among my personal favourites, she will still feature relatively highly.” Ben Holden ranks each Bond theme in anticipation for the release of Fukunaga’s ‘No Time To Die’.
‘With versatile and stellar production from her brother Finneas, Billie has produced an album that showcases her maturity and personal growth, while being brutally honest about her flaws and fears.’ Kenny Cota reviews Billie Eilish’s new album ‘Happier Than Ever’.
“This album presents everything that is typical of dodie, namely her soft, harmonious voice and her raw articulation of emotion, brought to a crescendo in a collection of songs which she herself professes to be ‘unstable’ but ‘honest.'” Jennifer Goodier reviews Dodie’s new album ‘Build a Problem’.