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2022 Musical Reflection

To tell the truth, I have struggled a bit to appreciate some of 2022’s album releases. The album that best summarises this sentiment, Taylor Swift’s Midnights album. It constitutes a series of repetitive, bitter songs, which I found to be particularly uninspiring.  This is not to say there has not been any good releases from […]

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Culture Features Music

Remembering Ravi Shankar

How did the auspicious and evocative sounds of sitar, native to India, become marred with Western pop of the 1960s? We have the legendary virtuoso sitarist Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury, more commonly known as Ravi Shankar, to thank. Ten years since his death on 11th December 2012, his musical ingenuity continues to fascinate audiences. Over the […]

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Culture Interviews Music

In Conversation with Ellie Dixon

Ellie Dixon, the indie-pop wunderkind, is one of the most exciting up-and-coming music artists the music industry has seen in a long time. After achieving a wealth of success following the release of her new EP Crikey! It’s my Psyche and her most recent single ‘Swing!’, I had the privilege of sitting down with Ellie […]

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Lifestyle Music

A Not So Silent Night: A Definitive Ranking of the Songs on Your Christmas Playlist

It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year – we’re reaching the end of the semester, the Edinburgh Christmas Markets are fully in swing, and Christmas music has started to make its way back onto the radios. But with so many songs about the festive season, which ones make the nice list? In […]

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Culture Music

Blackstarkids CYBERKISS* – A Digital Landscape of Constructed Nostalgia?  

Blackstarkids, signed under the same label as Beabadoobee and Glass Animals, offer their listener many different styles on CYBERKISS*. The album takes you on a journey without subscribing to any genre. In terms of its consistent identity, however, it is inarguably a sentimental homage to the early 2000s. CYBERKISS* takes many musical and artistic themes […]

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Music Singles

‘Ice V’ sees a new era for King Gizzard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (KGLW)’s single ‘Ice V’ was released on the 7th September 2022 ahead of their album Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava – since then they have released three albums, providing their fans more than two hours worth of new content to feast on over the short span of twenty-one days. […]

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Music

Music and the Cost of Living

Still recovering from the last two years of COVID, the live music industry is now facing another threat to its way of life—the cost of living crisis. Even though the pandemic is far from being through, many musicians and bands were looking forward to this year as a time where live music would make its […]

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Music

Bill Callahan performs in Glasgow

Bill Callahan seems to have existed as a quiet enigma on the peripheries of the mainstream for several decades. Prolific in his years as lo-fi noise-rocker Smog, since 2007 he’s just been going by ‘Bill.’ More recently, the man himself took to the stage at Queen Margaret University’s student union in Glasgow.  Callahan’s music is […]