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folklore: A Track-By-Track Review

2 August 2020

Okay.  I’ve never really liked Taylor Swift. With a music taste such as mine – one which involves an eclectic mix of Hozier and Rufus Wainwright with the occasional dash of Tom Rosenthal, and is almost worryingly centred on good old emotional male vocals with acoustic backing – she’s never really appealed to me. Until […]

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10 Tracks You Haven’t Heard

18 July 2020

Throughout most of my young life, I did not like popular music. Growing up, my house was filled with the melodious sounds of BBC Radio 3, and very occasionally a pop song from the 1960s. However, thanks to the flourishing hipster subculture throughout my teens, and with the help of Vevo on YouTube, I finally […]

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Coronavirus and the Music Industry

6 July 2020

The summer concert schedule doesn’t look quite like everyone expected. The warm weather usually means touring artists and major festivals with packed crowds of strangers. However, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, event organisers have been forced to cancel or postpone virtually every large social gathering centred around music. In an industry linked to live experiences and full audiences, concert […]

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Ranking Every Conor Oberst Album

27 June 2020

I’ve tried to include every album and EP Conor Oberst has made, but there are some omissions to avoid repetition. 32. Water – 1993 (Conor Oberst) Here’s the thing: Conor Oberst was thirteen when he made this. Thirteen. The guitarwork is sometimes a bit off, but the songs are remarkably well-structured given his age. In […]

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Rap and Race: BlackLivesMatter Music

24 June 2020

Although viewed by some as mindless lyrics and 808 beats, rap becomes especially meaningful when listened to in its historical and social context. Rap serves as a way to highlight injustices, particularly those faced by black Americans. Rap first took a distinct form in the 1970s in New York City. As disco began its decline, […]

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Revisiting Allo Darlin’s Debut Album 10 Years On

6 June 2020

Though they released three albums over the course of their relatively short career, Allo Darlin’s self-titled debut remains their strongest work. It’s an album I can only describe as ‘lovely’. Listening to it is like meeting up with an old friend. From spring to late summer it’s essential listening for me. But rather than the […]

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Review: DONT WALK 2020

5 March 2020

World ending? Party like it!             This past Saturday, revelers by the busload were transported to a fantastic event that has for years been the highlight of the Spring social season. The event, of course, was this year’s iteration of DONT WALK, the student-run and modeled fashion show whose annual fund-raising events have attracted heavy hitters […]

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Preview: FS Afterparty (ft. Weiss)

11 February 2020

FS2020 – Music Preview The Record sat down with FS head of music James Wearmouth to chat about the up and coming FS2020 and what musical delights we can expect this Saturday. Apart from fashion, a core element of the FS experience is the music. Attendees have year after year looked forward to FS as […]

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Review: Sofar Sounds 2.2.20

7 February 2020

Alongside the lengths of ruined cathedral wall and beside the susurration of the sea, I trod a seemingly perilous path amidst a most sable night. As the faintest drops of rain began to fall, I was beckoned by the light of the inauspicious location for the forthcoming Sofar Sounds performance – unknown to me until […]

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The Top Ten Worst Songs of 2019

15 January 2020

2019 has been an unusual year in pop music. The biggest hits of the year have come from completely fresh artists (Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, to name a few) while the traditional big names in pop have been floundering relative to these newcomers. The charts have become an odd melting point for a […]

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