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Jorja Smith, The Upcoming Queen

Queues that trailed around the block spiralled around the streets of Nottingham. Each fan waiting to see the woman herself in the flesh, wanting to be as close to her as possible. Jorja Smith has evolved rapidly as an artist over the past year, her fan-base multiplying every day. At only 21, she has accumulated over 1 million Instagram followers, over 60 million YouTube views, alongside winning the UK Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the AIM awards 2018.  Jorja Smith is not one to ignore. At her first headline show in Nottingham of her whole career to date, she stunned the crowd endlessly. Upon entrance to the stage, wearing a glitter striped dress and her hair tied back, she was welcomed to screams of happiness and a collective feeling of being proud. Every fan in that room had seen her grow into the woman she is today. Beginning with her 2018 album’s first song ‘Lost & Found’ the crowd followed every lyric she sang, returning by singing the backing vocals for her track. …

POLITICAL PIECES BY YOUNG ARTISTS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO

A couple of years ago, you’d be spending quite some time to find more than a handful of musicians really investing time into talking about political issues, taboo subjects and subject matters that reflected a glaring critique of society. As professional musicians have begun getting younger and younger, the current political climate has had a huge impact on the way they are seeing the world, and in turn, the music they create. Polygraph Eyes, by Yungblud, really cemented his place in the music industry, as a young man, creating music that was worth listening to. He did so by taking aim directly at one of the issues he saw himself growing up, and that many of us may have witnessed or noticed, and the song portrays the story of young boys, preying on drunk girls on a night out, targeting them when they are in no shape to resist or give proper consent, and the repercussions that the boys don’t face, but the girls do. Polygraph Eyes is a blatant attack on the entire ‘lad’ …

TROYE SIVAN’S BLOOM ALBUM REVIEW

Troye Sivan came out with a new album – “Bloom”, and it’s breathtaking! The album includes songs that were previously released as singles, such as: My! My! My!, The Good Side and Dance To This feat. Ariana Grande. Troye stuck to his individual style and created magic, you can definitely tell that he’s consistently working on bettering his art and not losing himself in the process. All of the songs have meaningful lyrics, supposedly inspired by his own life, and that’s what makes them so beautiful. Bloom… The only song that has its own music video (for now) and the song that gave the whole album its name. We have already included Bloom in our May Inspiration post and here’s what we said – “(through) Bloom we can finally experience him in his truest, authentic and unapologetic essence, as all of the stereotypical expectations and barriers are erased.” This is still true; the music video to this song completely breaks down every single stereotype people have consciously or unconsciously labelled Sivan by. “Bloom” – the …

LGBT, Media and the Male Gaze

I am so grateful to grow up in a rapidly changing and increasingly accepting society where exploring your sexuality is mostly the norm and even perhaps encouraged…? As much as I love how nonchalantly people in western society bring up their same sex ex or how openly they talk about their kinks and fantasies, I am concerned about the intensity of it. It seems as if now, more than ever, that conversation is open which is fantastic, and we should celebrate that, but sometimes I feel as if it is being misunderstood and misrepresented, especially by the media. Music videos that claim to be LGBT inclusive glamourise lesbian sex by having two, young, half-naked girls making out on a bed but diminishing even the possibility of creating a more complex story line exploring the validity of their relationship. Are lesbian relationships even taken seriously by the media? Sometimes I feel like they’re only included for men’s amusement. This then creates a domino effect of fetishising lesbian relationships, and even though there is so much representativeness …

CURRENTS – TAME IMPALA

I really enjoyed writing the review of Costello’s and Pink Floyd’s album last time, so I thought I could continue it but this time find a CURRENT album, to “relate to the teens”. Knowing me, and my random and messy, music taste I will probably post more reviews of older albums from the 60s – 90s but I will sprinkle in some albums of my time too. Even though Currents by Tame Impala was released in 2015, it still wins the people’s hearts now with it’s distinguishable, unique sounds. With over 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the Australian psychedelic band, just keeps growing bigger and bigger, creating more music that is influenced by some 60s subcultures. I hope Tame Impala will becomes one of those bands, that future generations will be jealous of us because we actually grew up listening to their songs. The Currents album was made to be listened to at gatherings, festivals and raves. It was created for people feel like they have altered their state of conciousness, sober. The band even achieves this through the …

PINK FLOYD – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

(I wrote this piece for The Restless Times, you can check it out in the first issue that came out as a pdf, here.) + photos in this post do not belong to me. The two sided album, which was released in 1973, explores sounds from other dimensions, it makes you feel like a boring everyday bus journey is in fact a road trip through the universe. From the first few minutes into the album, listeners can already feel the hairs on their arms rising and their hearts beating faster. The melodies are filled with mixtures of sounds which make the moment timeless. Most songs by Pink Floyd have a similar formula to them; they start off very calm, build up with some guitar solos and lyrics, and then return to calm again. This default procedure is a recipe for beautifully inspiring songs. I think this album is a collection of so much emotion and imagination cues that the only way to listen to it is alone in your room with your eyes closed, to …

THE FRATELLIS

Hey guys, This will not be a long written post, but I just really wanted to share my photos from The Fratellis gig in o2 Forum Kentish Town. You can read the review of the gig and see my photos on this website. The whole experience was so intense; I was in front of the barrier, resting my hands on the edge of the stage with the whole band inches away from me. I loved the gig and how the photos turned out. The Fratellis is a band that recently performed their Costello 10th Anniversary concert and absolutely killed it. You can listen to them here.