The xx Album Review, “I See You”

Monday 2nd January 2017

7/10 stars

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Photo: Press

The xx have been well serviced by heartbreak. It now seems but a distant memory from my formative teenage years, but I can just recall when that Mercury Prize-winning debut was released almost 8 years ago, and how the self-absorption and melancholia of its idiosyncratic sound was such a tenderly acute soundtrack to the introversions and uncertainty of young love. Their second album, “Coexist”, continued in a similar trajectory.

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Cosima – “South Of Heaven” Visual Mixtape Review

Friday 16th December 2016

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Cosima – a feminine form of the name Cosimo, derived from the Greek word meaning ‘order, decency’. Throughout “South Of Heaven”, her visual mixtape released just this week, sexuality is a permeating theme of Cosima’s lyrical and visual dialogue, and she expresses as much a desire for spiritual harmony, for the order and decency of her namesake, as she does for the helpless, wild attraction of the body. In the end, as we all know, the two are inseparable.

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The Molochs – “You And Me” Single Review

Wednesday 14th December 2016

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Nostalgia, if you hadn’t realised, is very fashionable right now. As we approach yet another crepuscular period in the popularity of guitar based music, a recent stream of bands seem to be turning to the more hallowed past of six string rock for their inspiration, it being more inviting perhaps than facing the impending darkness of its twilight. Not so much In Search Of Lost Time, but in search of a time they have only seen chronicled in the history books and saturated footage of a period when rock bands ruled the world.

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The Specials Live Review, The Great Hall, Exeter

Saturday 5th November 2016

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Few and far between are the days when I don’t find myself pining listlessly for those fabled years when our student unions were a certain fixture on band’s tours across the country. Stuck as I am now in the comparatively less proliferant live music scene of 2016, seeing The Specials perform live at the university’s Great Hall therefore seemed too symbolic an opportunity to miss.

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Abstract Expressionism at The Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition Review

Tuesday 1st November 2016

5/5 stars

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– That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn’t it?
– Yes, it is.
– What does it say to you?
– It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos.

Play It Again, Sam – Woody Allen

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