Album Review: Coral Island

Coral Island is an ambitious double-concept album themed around the faded glory of a sepia-tinged seaside fairground. The Coral have a distinctly more mellow sound now than their earlier 2000s music which maintained a bit more edge. This work is lovely though, evoking visions of wooden piers, metallic-smelling arcades and seagulls stealing half-melted ice creams…

The best music made in lockdown

Given that we are now seemingly living in a perpetual state of lockdown (shout out to the tier 3 gang), I thought I would reflect on some of my favourite lockdown music drops. At least there’s some good to come out of all this chaos! Drop 6 – Little Simz This five-song mixtape encapsulates lockdown…

Nostalgia and reflection in Taylor Swift’s folklore

folklore was a surprise drop from Taylor Swift, full of breathy vocals, developed stories, an unusual downtempo and subdued production by Aaron Dessner. The result is an atmospheric, contemplative album that shows Swift’s maturity and superbly honed songwriting skills. Many have compared the more minimalist indie sound with 2012 era Swift, who created the moody Red and folksy features with…

Live / Album Review: Nao & Saturn

Nao’s second album Saturn is seriously fucking good. A glossy record that fuses jazz, pop and R&B, it’s a mesmerising thirteen track ride of gorgeous, intricately crafted songs. So as soon as I saw she was playing the O2 Bristol, my ticket was secured.  The anticipation in the crowd was discernible and our curiosity peaked…

Album Review: Shape The Future

A stellar trip-hop record, this boasts simultaneously catchy and mellow songs as it blends funk, dub and electronica. Throughout, Nightmares on Wax melds an orchestral vibe with a jazzy feel. This is perhaps less consistent than his previous albums but only because it holds more stand out tracks. ‘Typical’ is the clear winner though, NoW…