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Monday, 30 March 2015


I was reading the review section of a newspaper when I saw, almost as an afternote, in the corner of the page, a picture of Tobias Jesso Jr, an up and coming songwriter whose debut album Goon was released last week. 

With rumours of him possibly dating Taylor Swift and none other than Adele posting a link to his most streamed track How Could You Babe on her twitter, its surprising he hasn't had more exposure before now, but putting aside who he may or may not have dated, and his MGMT-esque mop of hair, the music sells itself really, a lot of his tracks sounding like they could have easily been a Lennon-McCartney composition from the 70s, but with more of the lost,vulnerable generation coming across in his voice.

The standout track for me is the woozy 'Just A Dream', with lyrics of a lullaby to his 'child' which apparently came to him in a weird, apocalyptic dream, and has the air of a brilliant piano ballad, not dissimilar to the likes of Perfect Day or Hey Jude.

Watch out for this guy; this record often feels like Jesso Jr hasn't quite reached his full potential, and the skill needed to capture sentimentality using stylised piano without coming across overly sappy hints at great music to come.

Out Now on True Panther 

Monday, 28 July 2014


I feel like there's an overwhelming amount of great new music out at the moment, and during the weekend before last I went to Leefest, a small local festival where for just £70 for the whole weekend I got to bask in the sunlight, discover some great new music and camp out with a big group of friends.

The first act that I managed to see was Jack Garratt.

"i'm used to speaking on the internet, i'm not so good with words on the outernet"
Jack Garratt's debut EP 'Remnants' was out last week, his single 'Worry' was featured on Zane Lowe's radio 1 show, and a few seconds into his set, it was clear why he'd recieved so much attention before he'd even released his first EP.

Each track on Remnants has a completely different sound, which helps Garratt to avoid being pigeonholed into a single genre, and his music seems to swerve away from the familiar cookie-cutter style of pop that many singer-songwriters tend to go towards, and instead draws inspiration from a wide range of current alternative artists from Jamie Woon to Bon Iver to James Blake, which makes for a solid record.

The second track I Couldn't Want You Anyway is a standout track: a brutally honest ballad which, when played acoustically at Leefest, managed to completely silence an entire tent of casual listeners, however the whole EP has an air of sophistication that sets expectations high for his future releases.

Remnants EP is out now on Turn First Records.

E x

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

one last call for alcohol

It's such a relief to say... my exams are finally over.

It cannot be good for somebody my age to be so unbelievably stressed, but in the days since I sat my last disastrous exam , I've had the chance to spend a lot of time with my friends (which I appreciate even more after hardly seeing them for the large part of a month) as well as visiting Chatham Dockyard, Marina Abramovic's exhibiton 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery, seeing the new film Belle. and began watching Game of Thrones.

Expect much more frequent blogging in the next couple of months!

( any friends with benefits/ the office us fans will know why)

E x

Saturday, 10 May 2014

may music

I meant to do a full blog post about some songs that I'm really into at the moment, but it turns out that AS exams (and life events in general) take up a lot of time, so with the help of Polyvore, I've put together a bit of a playlist with most of the songs I've been obsessing over.

may music

E x

Thursday, 3 April 2014


A new song from Lana del Rey was leaked in the early hours of yesterday, and while it sounds more a lot like the billions of previously unreleased tracks you can find on YouTube, it has a new, upbeat-disco sound that we've never heard from Ms. Grant before. Click below to listen to the full track and tell us what you think!

E x

Monday, 24 March 2014


The new music just keeps on coming at the moment, this time from blues-garage-rock act The Black Keys.

This track is from their eighth (!) studio album, Turn Blue, which is released on May 13th. It's slightly less immediately catchy than the singles from their last album, but still has that distinctly Black Keys-esque bass, this time with more of a 60s vibe.

Check out the track below, and feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you think!

E x