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If Paloma’s music be the food of love, fans show no signs of sickening

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The album I am most looking forward to this year has got to be Paloma Faith‘s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’.

As well as being consistently amazed at Faith’s vocal capabilities, I also love her theatrical presence, ability to laugh at herself and assured femininity. She exudes confidence in her performances, yet is able to deliver fragile lyrics and heartfelt metaphors without even a hint of irony. I relate to Faith in a number of ways, particularly in the quote below, where she speaks to Stylist magazine about the films which influenced her second album, ‘Fall to Grace’ (May, 2012)

I’m a fantasist and I like to make my life like a dream, all the people around me do the same. There is something about making dreams possible that really attracts me. Tim Burton transports me to a place where I feel everything is possible.

Faith is discussing her love of Edward Scissorhands (1990), which is also one of my favourite films, and says that, “if you take away the literal nature of the work, there is something naïve and beautiful about him and I can see why she [Kim] would fall in love with a man-made person with scissors for hands”. I know for a fact that I too would have fell for Edward and been blissfully untroubled by the potential health and safety risks – I think that someone allowing you to see a glimpse of their naive or vulnerable side is what love is all about and it doesn’t happen all that often. And who doesn’t love a man that can make it snow, cut your hair and save you a lifetime’s cost of Timpson’s key cutting services! It won’t always be easy – you may end up feeling as sliced and diced as one of Edward’s ice sculptures – but the notion that love can overpower you, make you do and say things you never thought possible, make your dreams a reality and the awareness and deep-set fear on your part that you have to succumb to those feelings because one day they might just float away – or evade police capture by living an exiled existence in the eerie mansion at the top of the hill…surely these are the feelings which make life anything other than a series of learned routines? I totally should have progressed that Critical Film Studies elective...

Faith has been teasing fans with snippets of new tracks off the album and posted a link on her official Facebook page this week, to a stunning acoustic performance of, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.

The 15-track deluxe album is released on March 10th, 2014 in the UK and is set to continue Faith’s unblemished record of chart-topping hits and exciting collaborations. On this, her third studio album, Faith collaborates with Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Plan B. ‘Can’t Rely on You’, which she co-wrote with Williams, will act as lead single and will be available for purchase from February 23rd, 2014. The track is classic funk-soul and certainly meets Faith’s objective to write a more upbeat album by going back to her artistic roots. /

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February 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

Review: Paloma Faith at Delamere Forest, Cheshire 5.7.13

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REVIEW: PALOMA FAITH at Delamere Forest, Cheshire (July 5th, 2013)

My review of Paloma’s show at Delamere Forest, Cheshire is now up on eFestivals.

To read my full, regal themed review, click here:

Photos are up here:

Hope you enjoy!

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July 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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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. / / / /

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February 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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Talented tootsies, gals, lassies and other such sweet things…tracks from Beach House, Marina, Agnes Obel, Paloma Faith, Amy MacDonald and Angus & Julia Stone

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Looking for an apt title to headline a piece about a collection of female singer-songwriters, I happened upon the following synonyms for the word ‘female’: babe, bimbo, dame, dish, doll, floozy, moll and skirt. I just didn’t feel quite right describing such talented and respectable artists as Paloma Faith and Julia Stone as ‘skirts’, so I opted for the slightly less Dickensian and more Gaelic ‘lassie’ and ‘tootsie’…a reference which in no way implies any similarities to the work or wardrobe of Dustin Hoffman. Just so that we’re clear.

Beach House is a dream pop duo consisting of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. Legrand hails from France and Scally from Baltimore, US. The duo’s fourth studio album, ‘Bloom’ was released in May 2012 to critical acclaim, following 2010’s ‘Teen Dream’ which has been described as one of the best albums of its year. I have highlighted new album track ‘Lazuli’ below.


Marina And The Diamonds released the follow-up to debut album ‘The Family Jewels’ a couple of weeks ago; ‘Electra Heart.’ ‘Power & Control’ is the second track to be released from the record, which is performing brilliantly in the UK Album Chart. To be fair, there isn’t one weak track to be heard on the album, so it deserved to do well. This is probably my favourite record of the year so far.


I am loving the new high-gloss, high-drama TV series Revenge on E4. I’m not usually a fan of such things (90210, One Tree Hill, The O.C.) as they pretty much bleed in to each other plot-wise. You could accidentally sit on the remote as you reach for your Chipsticks, switch over half-way through and not realise you had actually scooted over the short coastal distance from Beverly Hills to Newport Beach and the cast had all aged about 20 years. Revenge however has the edge…maybe that’s because it’s set on the East Coast? It has a great cast, an addictive plot sequence and very importantly for me, an exciting musical soundtrack.

Agnes Obel‘s track, ‘Avenue’, featured on the pilot episode of Revenge and had a big impact. The track is taken from the Danish singer-songwriter’s debut album ‘Philharmonics’ which was released in September, 2010. Album track ‘Riverside’ has also featured on the hit series; Obel is obviously a personal favourite of the music supervisor.


Paloma Faith released her second album ‘Fall To Grace’ last week; an album which was preceded by the single ‘Picking Up the Pieces.’ The track is Faith’s highest charting single to date. I also really like ‘Just Be’ which Faith performed on Later…with Jools Holland recently. It is surprising and slightly irksome to her followers that Faith hasn’t yet enjoyed the same level of notoriety as some of her peers, particularly Stateside, but I think that this is all set to change with this album.


Amy MacDonald released her third studio album today (June 11th, 2012), ‘Life In A Beautiful Light.’ The album has already garnered several positive comments from the music press and Perez Hilton no less. The album follows in much the same vein as ‘This Is The Life’ and ‘A Curious Thing’, but possesses perhaps a more rose-tinted lyrical glow. MacDonald is no less fiesty in her subject matter, but everything certainly seems to be blooming in her world. Good for her.


Angus and Julia Stone for those who are not in the know, are a brother-sister folk duo from Sydney, Australia. They formed the band in 2005 and have since gone on to release two studio albums, the most recent of which was ‘Down The Way’ in 2010. I re-discovered ‘Hold On’ whilst watching Revenge last week. Angus and Julia are both working on solo projects at the moment, so I don’t think that we can expect any new music anytime soon. / / / / /

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June 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

A few tracks that I’m liking this week: @hot_chip @RudimentalUk @GossipMusic @respektor @LabyrinthEar

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Rudimental ft John Newman, ‘Feel The Love.’  The 4 piece East London collective release their latest track on May 28th, 2012. ‘Feel The Love’ is a spectacular smorgasbord of genres (soul, dubstep and grime), which come together to produce a rather reposed and replenishing sound. I like it alot, not least due to the addition of horses as a preferred means of transport across the metropolis.



Gossip, ‘Perfect World.’ This is the lead single from Beth Ditto and pals’ fifth studio album, ‘A Joyful Noise’ and is available to download now. The album is released on May 22nd, 2012. I think that this track has more of an indie-pop vibe than some of their previously released, harder indie-rock offerings. As I air on the side of pop, this pleases me greatly. I also like the ‘Like a Prayer’-stylised music video; I am a big fan of the candle, at times I expect Nosferatu to appear from behind my kitchen door clutching a potato peeler (I don’t house anything more lethal). Luckily he hasn’t thus far.


Hot Chip, ‘Night and Day.’ The electronic outfit’s latest track is taken from their fifth studio album, ‘In Our Heads’ and is released on June 4th, 2012. The album is out on June 12th, 2012. The band has said that the new album was strongly influenced by their current love affair with house music and that is certainly evident on this track. I think that this is going to be one of the big sounds of the summer in Ibiza, where I shall be basking whilst learning more about the art of music journalism – I’m going on a Creative Writing Retreat and am rather excited about it! For anyone who might be interested, details can be found here: I shall be posting my adventures from the White Isle on a daily basis, no fear.


Labyrinth Ear, ‘White Gold.’ This is actually a relatively old track from the London-based electronic duo, but also happens to be my favourite and a useful link for me to promote their latest EP, ‘Apparitions.’ This track was also featured on a recent episode of Ringer, one of my three favourite television programmes at the moment, alongside Grimm and Once Upon A Time.  It would be fair to say that my mind is largely preoccupied within the realm of fairytales.


Regina Spektor, ‘All The Rowboats.’ This is the first single to be released from Spektor’s new album, ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.’ The album is out worldwide on May 29th, 2012. I can tell you what Spektor didn’t see from the cheap seats and that was William and Kate’s Royal Wedding last year. Spektor was very vocal on her Facebook page about her disdain for the event and royality in general. She had a few fair points, but this didn’t put a dampener on my day, as I was passed another glass of the finest champagne that Egton Bridge had to offer before our Great British bbq was fired up. The indie angst certainly has its place and in Spektor’s case, produces great pieces of work, but sometimes it’s ok to just kick back and say “Jane, I need a top up…Harry’s just arrived and he’s wearing some sort of military regalia!”

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April 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

My new music picks of the week: Josephine, Amy MacDonald, The Temper Trap and School of Seven Bells

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Josephine is a Manchester-based singer-songwriter, with a strong regional and celebrity following; Guy Garvey (Elbow) has named her as one of his top tips for future success. Josephine’s sound has been described as soulful and eclectic, with her single ‘A Freak A’ being a perfect representation of the genre. Speaking about the addictive track, she has said that:

(‘A Freak A’) is a celebration really, of understanding what you are and holding on to it…‘A Freak A’ is a way of saying we are all capable and allowed to be more than one thing.

Josephine is performing at Manchester’s first Lady Rock Festival on Saturday 26th May 2012 at the Rugby Club in Cheadle. The festival aims to ‘bring a bit of girl power back to the 21st century’ and will feature music, comedy and performance/participatory art across the site’s numerous, themed areas. Each and every one of the acts will be female (or female fronted). For more information and to buy tickets to the festival, please visit


Amy MacDonald has announced details of her third album via her official website this week. The album, ‘Life In A Beautiful Light’ will be released on June 11th, 2012 and the first single will be ‘Slow it Down.’ MacDonald’s second, million-selling album, ‘A Curious Thing’ (2010) spawned five hit singles including ‘This Pretty Face’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over.’ MacDonald has been busy writing material for her third album over the past two years and if this new track is any indication, Amy fans are in for a real treat come summer.


The Temper Trap will release their second, self-titled album on May 21st, 2012 (UK), with the first single to be released being announced as ‘Need Your Love.’ The album will be released on May 18th, 2012 in Australia/NZ/Germany and June 5th, 2012 in the US/Canada. After enjoying an Easter weekend of Noriyuki “Pat” Morita’s finest work, I am simply delighted that the band has decided to take inspiration from The Karate Kid films for their latest music video. The premise of the video being; what would have happened had Johnny been taken under Mr Miyagi’s wing. “Sacrilege!”, I hear you yell; I concur, yet I greatly enjoyed the musical morbid curiosity.


On the strength of hearing the sublime synth sounds of ‘Lafaye’, I recently purchased School of Seven Bells’ latest album, ‘Ghostory‘. I can’t recommend the record enough. Every track is worthy of a single release and their sound is quite unlike anything that’s been doing the rounds over the past few years. Their sound thrills and throws you in equal measure; very much an assault on the senses and an adventure ride of an album. I have a couple of favourite tracks, one of those being, ‘Scavenger’. The band has announced a couple of UK dates over the summer and I am keeping my fingers crossed for one in the North West region. I include this track here as my personal recommendation for a potential hit single on these shores. / / /

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April 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Wednesday’s child need not be woeful; thrice the joy courtesy of Jason Mraz, Lianne La Havas and Grimes

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Jason Mraz has always held a soft spot in my heart and record collection. He sits most comfortably between Bruno Mars and Patrick Monahan (lead singer of Train), but there is plenty of room on that particular chaise longue. I love ‘I’m Yours’ and now I love ‘I Won’t Give Up’; what can I say, I’m a Cancer and therefore an incurable romantic…and believe me, I’ve tried. Mraz’s new album ‘Love Is A Four Letter Word’ is released on April 17th, 2012.


Lianne La Havas is a folk and soul singer-songwriter from London and has been working with one of my favourite artists, Aqualung, for the past couple of years. His shining influence can certainly be heard on La Havas’s sublimely soulful debut single, ‘Lost & Found.’ The track will be released in the UK on April 30th, 2012, followed by debut album, ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ on July 9th, 2012. I expect to hear a lot more from this stunning artist in 2012.


Grimes is the stage name of Canadian indie-electronic artist, Claire Boucher. Her debut album, ‘Geidi Primes’ was released in 2010, shortly followed by second album, ‘Halfaxa’. After touring the US with Lykke Li, Grimes announced via Twitter in January 2012, that she had signed with a new record label and subsquently released her third full-length record, ‘Visions’ (February 2012 in the US and March 2012 in Europe). ‘Oblivion’ is a perfect taster of the type of electrifying eccentricity that you can expect from the rest of this album and the video is bountifully quirky too.

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March 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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