Notes On… ‘My Heart Is A Dancer’ By Heart/Dancer

Boy-girl synthpop duos aren’t exactly in short supply right now. What pretty much started with just Purity Ring has expanded into a vast conglomerate of acts that have touched on all corners of the electronic realm, from IYES to XYLO to Oh Wonder. So on the surface it would seem like a tall order for…

Notes On… ‘Christine and the Queens’ by Christine and the Queens

Héloïse Letissier has won numerous awards and scored a number two album in her native France and is hardly an under-the-radar artist. But here in the UK she’s more of an unknown entity. Her new self-titled EP under the title Christine and the Queens promises an introduction to Letissier’s musical world, but also so much…

Notes On… ‘Talk To Me’ by Lissie’s Heart Murmur

On Warpaint’s debut album The Fool there was a delicate track called ‘Lissie’s Heart Murmur.’ That track began with a beautifully melancholic piano that was quite unlike anything the experimental rock band had really produced before, despite how it soon meandered back into hazy psych-guitar territory. It had an added sense intimacy, warmth and honesty about…

Notes On… ‘Art Angels’ by Grimes

“When you get bored of me I’ll be back on the shelf” sings Claire Boucher on one of her poppiest and catchiest tunes to date, ‘California.’ Luckily for her, Grimes isn’t likely to be put on to the shelf anytime soon. Her fourth LP Art Angels has been three years in the making, and halfway…

Notes On… ‘Clean’ By The Japanese House

In March, a mysterious figure called The Japanese House released their first-ever track, ‘Still.’ It was a minimal, moody piece of work from a person who clearly loved using vocoders and enjoyed experimenting with auto-tune (in a good way). At the time it was quite difficult to garner any information about the shadowy figure behind…

Notes On… Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball

Nearly 40 years since he first donned his leathers, wrapped his legs round those velvet rims and declared “tramps like us, baby we were born to run“, Bruce Springsteen releases Wrecking Ball, his 17th studio album, and quite possibly, his angriest yet.