Review: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo is undeniable. When the 18-year-old singer released her first single, ‘drivers license’, in January, it was an instant hit, earning her 35 million monthly Spotify listeners and securing a huge fan base through TikTok streams. I liked the song. I appreciated the clever premise, emotive lyrics, and the bridge that reminded me of Lorde. But I was sceptical. I’m not usually a fan of up-and-coming pop music, and being older than Rodrigo herself, I thought that her music wouldn’t really be my scene. Continue reading Review: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo

My Culture Comforts: Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher is a no-skip album. Each song is different yet fits cohesively into the overall sound: a mix of acoustic, indie rock and swirling synths. Sometimes avoiding rhyme altogether, Bridgers lyrics are bittersweet, cynical and funny, jumping between memory, dream and fantasy through introspective fragments. ‘Moon Song’ is her most lyrically accomplished, featuring the poetic line: ‘I will wait for the next time you want me / Like a dog with a bird at your door.’ How on earth does she manage to perform it on stage without bursting into tears? Continue reading My Culture Comforts: Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ by Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice are masters of evolution. ‘The Last Man on Earth’is the first single off their upcoming album Blue Weekend, and it offers a promising insight into the band’s new chapter. It arrives almost four years since the release of their sophomore album. But still, Wolf Alice maintains the signature magic and mastery of their prior projects. With nods to past British pop-rock icons in their gripping chord progressions, with a Bowie-esque bridge in the second half, the band transforms this intimate piano ballad into a beaming, string-filled anthem. Lead-singer Ellie Rowsell muses introspective lyrics centred on the selfish nature of humans, which make you cry one listen and laugh the next. Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ by Wolf Alice

My Culture Comforts: folklore by Taylor Swift

At the moment, in times when I feel overwhelmed or upset, my favourite music to listen to has been Taylor Swift’s album folklore. Despite only coming out midway through 2020, ‘cardigan’ was my most listened-to track on Spotify Wrapped, and I was honestly not at all surprised. I find the entirety of this album so soothing, definitely like a safety blanket. Every track has sing-a-long potential – belting out Taylor Swift bridges gives me an unreal amount of serotonin – while still being soft and emotional. The acoustic vibes are perfect for first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It’s nostalgic in a way that reminds me of Taylor’s earlier music – ‘betty’ has ‘You Belong With Me’ vibes and ‘exile’ reminds me of the kind of track that would be on her album Red. I just love the whole album – to me, it’s the best collection of music to come out of 2020, and I think I’ll treasure it for a very long time. Continue reading My Culture Comforts: folklore by Taylor Swift

Review: evermore by Taylor Swift

During the first few months of the pandemic, many of us made banana bread and sourdough starters, and probably achieved little more creative output than choosing which pyjamas we could seamlessly transition into being daytime wear. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift wrote, produced and recorded not only one, but two albums, the second of which was released last week. Continue reading Review: evermore by Taylor Swift

Review: Confetti by Little Mix

Little Mix’s sixth studio album, Confetti, has once again confirmed why the band won The X Factor. Nearly a decade after their appearance on the talent show, the girls now have their own show to their name; Little Mix: The Search, with contestants competing to support the band on their upcoming tour – and supporting this album will be no mean feat. Their sixth record proves how they earned their right to sit on the other side of the judges table – Confetti is filled to the brim with pop bangers, full of fun and sass. Yes, the album is just what you expect from the four piece, but the perfect harmonies and playful lyrics that have defined their last five releases are what make Little Mix Britain’s best girl band and this record is no exception to that. Continue reading Review: Confetti by Little Mix

My Favourite Album Covers: From Pre-teen Pop to Peach Pit

For me, the best album covers will always be the ones that perfectly encapsulate the music they contain, showing you how the album is going to make you feel or what it’s trying to say before you’ve heard the opening notes. In fact, the best albums, in my opinion, are the ones that have a unifying emotion or sentiment that you feel in every single one of its songs. After trawling through my saved Spotify albums, though, I quickly realised that not all these great albums have the best covers, nor do the best covers belong to the best albums. Continue reading My Favourite Album Covers: From Pre-teen Pop to Peach Pit

Review: how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX

Charli XCX announced that she was working on her fourth album via a zoom call with fans on April 6th, giving herself the close deadline of May 15th. At a few points in the month it felt as though meeting this deadline would be a close call, but once again, Charli has lived up to the hype and released an 11-track record reflecting on life in quarantine in California. Before I press play, I think we need to acknowledge that this was written, produced, and released in the space of 39 days. OF COURSE, it would be Charli to set herself this challenge while living through a pandemic. With her third full album release being only 8 months ago, I think this album proves that she deserves all the credit she gets for being one of the most innovative, hardworking people in music at the moment. Continue reading Review: how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX