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SZA reintroduces herself on ‘Shirt’

5 years without a new SZA LP have been long and hard felt. Since 2017’s seminal Ctrl brought a new era of confessional R&B to the mainstream, SZA became the patron saint of anxious twenty-somethings everywhere. Each track jumped straight to the raw, painful heart of its subject and put into words the confusing ugliness of complex […]

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What Happened to Bedroom Pop?

Bedroom Pop is most commonly associated with a particular brand of lofi indie pop, one that gained traction in the late 2010s and spread across the internet like wildfire throughout the pandemic. But what exactly is it? The movement soundtracked many quarantines and made for a large chunk of viral TikTok audios. However bedroom pop […]

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Taylor Swift Midnights review

Re-invention has long been a staple of a Swiftian record release, enshrining a new era in a distinctive style and aesthetic to match its thematic focus. “Sorry, Taylor can’t come to the phone now. Why? ‘Cause she’s dead”, she famously leered in 2017’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. The audacious warning was camp but […]

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Weyes Blood ‘It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody’ Review

Listening to a Weyes Blood track feels like an innately physical experience. Hence the immersive superpower of Natalie Laura Mering’s best work, which has always lied in the ability to induce a trance. On 2019’s Titanic Rising, Mering searched for a moment’s peace amid global chaos. On her newest single ‘It’s Not Just Me, It’s […]

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Blonde Soundtrack: a gorgeous score lends dignity to a disastrous film

Is it ethical to even watch Blonde? It is a dilemma that has scorched reception of the new three-hour Marilyn Monroe biopic, directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana De Armas. The uncomfortable tension between the film’s veneer of feminism and the misogynistic exploitation and voyeurism with which it treats its subject continues a pipeline […]

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Joan Armatrading’s Quietly Ground-breaking Legacy 

If originality is the test of true art, there are few more distinguished musicians than Joan Armatrading. Though oddly unsung in comparison to the rank of visionaries in which she belongs, her impact cannot be underestimated. A singer-songwriter who put out her first record in 1972 with an already iron-clad artistic identity and vision that […]

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J.K. Rowling and Transphobia: How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

The world’s deepest man-made hole, named the Kola Superdeep Borehole, plummets more than 4,230 feet into the earth, reaching well over an impressive 12 kilometres.  Legend has it that if you go right down to the bottom, you will find J.K Rowling still hacking away with a shovel in both hands.  There are many ways […]