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Review: wayside, Koi

Oli Gent | Sports Editor Koi is back after a short hiatus with another sumptuous record, wayside. The Los Angeles-based musician had been teasing the new album for the past couple of months on his social media, but with live shows opening again following COVID related halts, the project’s completion was pushed back further towards the end of the calendar year. But finally, it’s here, … Continue reading Review: wayside, Koi

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Review: Red (Taylor’s Version)

Finn Murphy | Music Editor For someone with such an epic career as Swift’s, you may start to question if it will only go downhill after the hugely successful Folklore and Evermore, but it seems that Taylor Swift just keeps getting better. And Red is no exception to that. The big talking point of the 30-track album is the new 10-minute version of All Too … Continue reading Review: Red (Taylor’s Version)

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Review: Years & Years, Crave

Finn Murphy | Music Editor When Olly Alexander announced that he would be proceeding with Years & Years as a solo project, with bandmates, Emre Türkmen and Mikey Goldsworthy, leaving the band, the last thing I expected to see was frontman Olly in full blue body paint dancing with three elf like creatures, but new track, Crave, gives us just that.  In a music video … Continue reading Review: Years & Years, Crave

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Eleni Drake on ‘Can’t Stop the Dawn’

Ali Krausova | Designer The recently released album Can’t Stop the Dawn by London’s rising singer-songwriter Eleni Drake yet again breaks the assumption that all the UK singers sound the same. Drake’s own sound is influenced by a mixture of genres and her voice remains one hard to be mistaken for anyone else’s. If still in doubt over Eleni’s uniqueness, you should see her play … Continue reading Eleni Drake on ‘Can’t Stop the Dawn’

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Review: Lorde, Solar Power

Finn Murphy | Music Editor When Lorde said ‘Can you reach me? No, you can’t,’ I didn’t realise how much I would feel that when she released her new album, Solar Power. The New Zealand singer-songwriter opens her third studio album with beautiful vocals and poetic lyrics as she takes us on a lyrical journey through nature, mainly answering the fans desire to know what … Continue reading Review: Lorde, Solar Power

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Review: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

Finn Murphy | Student Contributor If you haven’t heard of Olivia Rodrigo by now, then where have you been for the past 5 months? The star of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ is already breaking out of her teenage Disney star phase with her debut album Sour. She had already treated us to 3 singles that became iconic TikTok sounds with millions of … Continue reading Review: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

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Review: Jorja Smith, Be Right Back

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Jorja Smith’s latest project begins with cries that ‘you are not addicted to me’. I have to disagree with you on that one, Jorja, because I’ve had Lost and Found on repeat since its release in 2018. Winner of the Brit Critic’s Choice Award (2018) and Best British Female Artist (Brits, 2019), Smith stands at the forefront of … Continue reading Review: Jorja Smith, Be Right Back

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Review: Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club

Tau Nell | Content Writer Since announcing Chemtrails, her seventh studio album, Lana Del Rey has undergone numerous public metamorphoses. She was America’s sweetheart, riding on the success of 2019’s Norman F*cking Rockwell; a controversial commentator, following her bold but untimely tirade against double standards in the music industry; and a sensitive poet, telling all in her 2020 literary debut Violet Bent Backwards over the … Continue reading Review: Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club

Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation

Yuji Aoyama | Content Writer Live shows, like the rest of the world, are at a turning point. While the digitalization of live music is not by any means new – some people like to call this bold phenomenon ‘the radio’ – it is a different question altogether to be able to replicate the wild tangibility of the mosh pit, to accurately recreate the feeling … Continue reading Distanced Together: Shows in the Age of Isolation