Culture Music

Saving the “cult classic”: a Review of INSPIRATION INFORMATION

When an album is described to me as a “cult classic”, just as INSPIRATION INFORMATION was, alarm bells start ringing. A now overused term for pretentious art people don’t actually like, however, listen to in order to be perceived as cool, hipster and have a certain edge, cult classics often lead to a disappointing listen. Therefore, Read More…

Culture Music

Corporate Pop or Heartfelt Folk: A New Look at Swift’s Folklore

Taylor Swift’s most recent album Folklore has been met with enthusiastic and vociferous acclaim. The Guardian saw fit to award it five stars and praised its emotional acuity. It took BuzzFeed all of four days to put together a quiz assigning each viewer’s personality a song from the album. Even the Financial Times set aside Read More…

Music

Aged introspection from Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy 39th album

Standing in the middle of Hyde Park last July, I waited for the greatest living folk songwriter to take the stage. The heat was unbearable, made worse by the alienating claustrophobia of the surrounding audience – 65,000 glassy-eyed boomers, each competing to see who had the most ancient concert t-shirt. When Bob Dylan’s band finally Read More…

Current Affairs

Anxious Hopes and Easy Listening in Phoebe Bridger’s ‘Punisher’

The first iPod I ever bought had a genre on it called ‘Easy Listening’. I have never had a clear idea of what it means for music to be easy to listen to, or for that matter difficult. But, in a murky and confused sense, I’m sure my iPod, lost and forgotten, would class Phoebe Read More…

Culture Music

Review: The Weeknd – After Hours

Bursting onto the scene in 2010 with a unique dark-wave RnB aesthetic, Abel Tesfaye’s hedonistic, drug-induced ramblings across the Trilogy mixtapes showcased one of the greatest debut efforts of the last decade, and cemented The Weeknd as the most exciting newcomer in RnB. But Tesfaye is no stranger to reinvention. Ten years of exponential growth Read More…

Culture Music

Review – Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen

Set up against romantic portrayals of the American Southwest, Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars could not seem more remote to me and my generation if it tried. I am no corn-bred cowboy typing away in a room at Trinity College, Oxford. Nor are there any country musicians tuning up their banjos down at Park End. The Read More…