Nostalgia’s Rhythm

Above: Lake near Nisswa, Minnesota   My earliest memory of listening to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, his ‘Emperor’ Concerto is at my maternal grandparents’ house in Nisswa, Minnesota, a lakeside town in the Northern United States. That’s where my grandparents moved when Papa retired from his job with Ford Motor Company in 1994. My […]

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More is Less: The Murder Capital’s debut album, influences and upcoming (sold out) UK tour

I caught up with The Murder Capital’s drummer Diarmuid ahead of their performance at Oxford’s own Ritual Union festival on 19th October.  When I Have Fears is a staggering debut album for The Murder Capital. James McGovern (vocals), Cathal Roper (guitar), Damien Tuit (guitar), Diarmuid Brennan (drums) and Gabriel Paschal Blake (bass) haven’t been together […]

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Happiness and Misery: In Conversation with The Leisure Society’s Nick Hemming

(Image: The Leisure Society playing in London) Ahead of their gig at The Bullingdon on 20th September, I caught up with The Leisure Society’s frontman Nick Hemming to discuss their latest album, Arrivals and Departures, his biggest influences, and the creative process that shapes his songwriting. Currently on the second leg of their biggest tour, […]

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Sampling, Stealing and Influence: Music and Cultural Appropriation

On first listen, the soft-spoken melodies created by Australian rapper Genesis Owusu (born Kofi Owusu-Ansah) don’t immediately ring as political. Yet, his creative pursuits in both music and fashion speak out against racial inequalities and misguided preconceptions of his culture, with his lyrics consciously stemming from his own upbringing as a black person in the […]

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Cavernzz

Meet Cavernzz: bedroom pop artist on influences, authenticity and Milton Keynes

Deftly hushed, confessional and yet timid, Cavernzz’ woozy bedroom pop sits on the fringes of collective security—drawn from the quiet, empty hours of the night, where shapes and shadows exist in ways you’ve never noticed before, in a unique and sometimes eerie strain of vulnerability. Sitting down to chat song-writing, Luke Bolitho seems conscious of […]

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