Songs, songs and more songs #16: Dizzy Fae, DUCKWRTH, Soaky Siren, Dillon Francis, Bombay Bicycle Club + Eurovision 2020 update

Great songs are often, though not always, a beguiling mix of insightful, meaningful lyrics and a great supremely-catchy melody. All five of the songs in this week’s post fit the bill and then some, reflecting the fact that while you can capture ears easily enough with an irresistible melody, capturing Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #15: Aisle, Jhay Cortez + KAROL G + Haze, Estherlivia, Whosah, Haute + Eurovision 2020 host city

We’re zipping around the world with this instalment of Songs, songs and more songs, racing from Denmark to Puerto Rico and Colombia back to Sweden before touching down in the USA and then France. Some serious figurative frequent flier miles clocking up there. One thing that becomes clear with all Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #14: DIIV, Blood Orange, Kongos, The 1975, Bat For Lashes + most iconic Eurovision opening acts

Distinctive musical artists are such a joy. Standing apart from the crowd, and possessed of a sensibility that doesn’t march in lockstep with the unthinking mainstream, they offer incisive thoughtful insights, interesting melodies and a sense of uniqueness that makes their songs truly something to savour. These five artists epitomise Continue Reading

Christmas in July ’70s festive songs: Paul McCartney, Slade, Wizzard

INTRO “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney No need to introduce Paul McCartney, an artist who has found success in every decade of his artistic working life, not least, of course, with The Beatles. But it’s his Christmas song as part of Wings, “Wonderful Christmastime”, that long captured my festively-inclined heart Continue Reading

Christmas in July … listening to Christmas With Friends by india.arie and Joe Sample

If Christmas ever gave you a great big gorgeous warm and fuzzy chestnuts roasting over an open fire Family all around you hug, it would sound a lot like India Arie’s Christmas album, Christmas With Friends. Released in 2015, this is a lush, masterfully-arranged album thta captures the intangible sound Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #11: Florist, Cross Record, Dominic Fike, Gashi, Slenderbodies

It’s tempting to think of pop music as throwaway music that entertains briefly, shimmers and shines for a moment before ebbing away into nothingness. That’s not true, of course, but nowhere is this better illustrated than in the artistic efforts of the following five artists who blend sparse, elegantly-beautiful melodies Continue Reading

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