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Lipstick, the male Lana, Little Boots and Lucy

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It would be fair to say that I am engaged in a rather intense and quite beautiful love affair with Taylor Swift at the moment, so much so that I would be utterly miffed if I were not the subject of her next country-infused love ballad.

As a writer, I am quite in awe of Swift’s natural skills as a lyricist; at 14, she was the youngest songwriter ever hired by Sony/ATV Music publishing and has since gone on to be honoured by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But putting all that aside – her songs are just so catchy, she wears great lipstick and she seems really cool!

Taylor Swift ‘s fourth studio album, ‘Red’,  is out now.



Josef Salvat is an Australian singer-songwriter, who has been described as the male Lana Del Rey. I can definitely see the similarities in melancholic delivery and sepia-prone music video backdrops, but I think that Salvat has a more ironic, almost comical in part, demeanour which appears lighter in shade than Del Rey. I would define Salvat as classic soul-tinged pop and I look forward to hearing more from this artist.

‘This Life’ is released on March 25th, 2013.


‘Motorway’ is the first track taken from Little Boots’ second studio album, ‘Nocturnes’ (set for release on May 5th, 2013) and is available now as a free download from her website. I really like this track, which has a darker electro-dance feel than previous releases from the platinum-haired Blackpool native. I’ve always likened Little Boots to Kylie, particularly during the ‘Light Years’ era and the similarities are especially evident on this track. ‘Nocturnes’ is said to celebrate “90s house, seventies disco and futuristic electronics” (Hesketh) – sounds good to me.


Lucy Rose is a folk singer-songwriter from Surrey, UK, who I first saw live in March, 2012 when she supported Noah & The Whale on their UK tour. Rose’s debut album, ‘Like I Used To’, is out now and ‘Shiver’ is the latest track to be released from the record. The combination of Rose’s delicate, emotive vocals playing out over the romantic reminiscences of the video is quite touching and works really well. Plus, any video with a beach location is always a winner for me; the song ‘I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’ could well have been written about me. / / / /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

February 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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