Solar Power, Folklore and the Dream of Escape

Whether it’s flinging your phone into the ocean or fleeing to the mountains, singers are calling on us to abandon the digital world and embrace nature. But is this escape into the outdoors a radical act of rebellion or an unattainable fantasy? ‘I’m not cut out for all these cynical drones, / these hunters withContinue reading “Solar Power, Folklore and the Dream of Escape”

Review: Fleet Foxes – Shore

For Robin Pecknold, Fleet Foxes’ lead singer and song-writer, songs are ‘perfect angels in the snow’. Delicate and flawless, they are impressions left behind by the legends who write them. On ‘Sunblind’, a stand-out track from his latest project, Shore, he pays homage to his musical heroes, namechecking Elliot Smith, John Prine, Judee Sill andContinue reading “Review: Fleet Foxes – Shore”

Review: Taylor Swift – Folklore

Taylor Swift’s surprise album emerges from lockdown with minimal bombast but rich in detail and storytelling. Aptly titled, Folklore traipses through forgotten childhood haunts, meanders along timeless love stories, delves deep into the musical and poetical mythos, and trips lightly through memory and the imagination. Stripped of its pop sheen, Swift’s song-writing alongside producer JackContinue reading “Review: Taylor Swift – Folklore”

The Best of 2020

From apocalyptic cacophonies of sound to intimate chamber pop, musical responses to the chaos of 2020 were diverse – and unpredictable, with Taylor Swift going indie, disco resurging with a vengeance on some of the biggest pop albums, cutting political commentary coming from ex-Disney star Demi Lovato, and late-career triumphs from Bob Dylan, Bruce SpringsteenContinue reading “The Best of 2020”