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  • FKA Twigs slays on the cover of her Caprisongs mixtape, showing off her hoop earrings, septum piercing and fur hat against a twilight background
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    Top 10 Albums of 2022

    Insofar as my musical experiences of the last 12 months will be remembered, 2022 was the year that artists I’d been trying to get into finally clicked. Artists like The Weeknd, Earl Sweatshirt and FKA Twigs took the first months of the year to take the reins and each released their best works. They were […] More

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    Top 10 Songs of 2022

    Following up my top 10 albums of the year list, it’s perhaps easier to single out the best individual songs of the year, as one doesn’t have to weigh entire tracklists against each other. Each of the songs on this list had just a few minutes to, in a single stroke, explore the emotions and […] More

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    A Deep Dive Into “The 1975” *

    A few months back, I wrote a piece about My Chemical Romance, a band I was fanatically into at various points in my adolescence. I’m fairly sure I did call them the band of my teenage years when I look back. Well, I lied. I wish MCR were the band of my teenage years, because […] More

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    The Beatles’s “Taxman”: A Lyrical Over-Analysis

    When you are told to picture The Beatles, the likely chance is that you think of their simple, catchy love songs, which is to do a disservice to the band’s latter work in expanding and diversifying the musical scene then, now, and forever. All of this without getting political…well, almost. One song that sticks out […] More

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    Cool Cymru: The Fantastic Five of the Welsh Sound

    After decades of neglect and hardship, the 1990s into the 2000s saw Wales patent its own artistic cultural identity as “Cool Cymru” blossomed.  Taken from the British term “Cool Britannia”—attributed to the new cultural change taking place within the UK, headed by Britpop outfits like Oasis and revolutionary politics led by Labour Prime Minister Tony […] More

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    Black Midi: Hellfire — Showtunes for the Apocalypse

    Right from conception, listeners held Black Midi as something special, spawning near the center of discourse with their first single “bmbmbm”, a gibbering bit of pummeling noise rock awesomeness which perked the ears of the buggier side of the music listening spectrum. This initial wave of intrigue manifested into the critical acclaim of Schlagenheim, their […] More

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    Bastille’s Newest Album, Give Me the Future, Tackles the End of the World

    A band who pull inspiration from history, mythology, and world politics, Bastille are a fourpiece band who formed in London in 2010. They became famous in 2013 when their single ‘Pompeii’ became incredibly popular and earned them top chart position in countries including Ireland and the US.  The intellectual and political lyricism is what drew […] More

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    Tim Minchin’s “Thank You God”: A Lyrical Over-Analysis

    In a list elsewhere, my top 10 Tim Minchin songs article noted that the Australian singer-songwriter’s magnum opus is his iconic “Thank You God“.    An insight into the work of Minchin, this is a go-to zeitgeist for Tim’s sound and a song that encapsulates his whole appeal. As a prolonged and theological argument against […] More

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