Category Archives: Sounds

Bonnie Prince Billy: Bed is for Sleeping

I’m seeing Bonnie Prince Billy next week. Bed is for sleeping is one of my favourites x

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Jagaara, Cosmo Sheldrake, Frazey Ford and Vance Joy

My laptop’s been in the repair shop for the past two weeks so I haven’t been able to update ya’ll on all the music I’ve been loving, so really quickly here are my highlights from the past two weeks:

Jagaara, we saw these sisters for the first time at Latitude Festival, they’re great, and pulled off a lovely set in Stoke Newington last Thursday – they’re touring the UK this autumn.

I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Cosmo Sheldrake perform at the Barbican this week as part of Transgressive’s 10th birthday gig – I love how he makes his music!

Vance Joy played at the Empire this week, I love his album, but his Bruce Springsteen cover was one of the highlights of the gig. He’s one lovely australian.

And just because I heard this song on the radio this morning and fell in love with it completely, Frazey Ford September Fields.


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Laurel and Jenny Lewis

Autumn has well and truly begun and with it brings GIG SEASON. Can I get a woop woop?! WOOP WOOP. This week’s gig highlights came from the brilliant Laurel, and the awesomely cool Jenny Lewis.

Every one of Laurel’s songs is perfectly constructed, pop music at it’s utmost best. Shells just happened to be my favourite by a couple of notches this week, Nicotine Dreams a very close second. I can’t wait for an album!

I’m a new convert to Jenny Lewis thanks to a friend forcing me listen to the Voyager album, and boy do I LOVE the Voyager album. I couldn’t stop beaming the whole way through the gig, but she played With Arms Outstretched for her encore and it blew me away.

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Deb Talan: Two Points

“She said it’s a shame

about the weather,

nothing for the blues

when the sky goes grey”



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I can’t stop listening to this beautiful bluegrass version of Lay and Love. God it’s good x

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Jenny Lewis: She’s Not Me

Love this song, love the video, LOVE the album. That is all x

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Latitude highlights: Emilie Nicolas

I’m supposed to be packing up the flat today for the big move on Friday but I can’t quite bring myself to start as there are way too many books and not enough small boxes… so I thought I’d do a quick Latitude Festival 2014 post.

It started well, I followed the well tested checklist, pre listened to some of the bands and made up the packed lunches for our journey.

Annoyingly epic delays on the roads doubled our journey time and after eight long hours sitting on a coach we finally made it to Suffolk and into the Latitude arena hours after the gates opened. Luckily the Kate Tempest play Hopelessly Devoted was on again on the Friday evening (phew! Stunning theatre).

ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHT, best set of the entire festival (by miles): EMILIE NICOLAS

Emilie Nicolas – Grown Up from André Chocron on Vimeo.

Oh my life was she amazing.

YOUNG FATHERS (Would have been better had the sound been up to scratch, but I saw them do a Bandstand Busking session last weekend and they were brilliant so I just wanted to flag that they’re super awesome).

I also wanted to thank the Alex from Edinburgh Sofar Sounds for recommending them.

EAVES – As Old as the Grave (This is the only video or sound clip I can find for this song…)


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London Folk Fest 2014: Highlights

Last weekend my sister and I headed to the Bedford to enjoy the best folk music London has to offer. Here are my highlights.


Right at the top of the Bedford is a little room called the Tavistock, we grabbed ourselves a sofa and sat enchanted for the entirety of Ledra Chapman’s set (which included a terrific Jamie T cover!)


First up on the Theatre stage on Friday was Aimee McKenzie, a young singer songwriter with siblings in tow. Not only were they adorable but their music shows immense promise, I’ll be keeping tabs.

(Ok so I chose the above video mainly because the little one’s wearing a superman outfit, but also because they played this song and it reminded me of Taylor Swift, which is a good thing in my books).


We spent all Saturday evening at Vin’s Night In. By far the best night of the festival, the night was hosted in the round so all the acts took turns to play songs and it was just lovely!

Stephanie Fraser

Evan Jack

(Beard crush)


There were so many amazing acts on Sunday, but the one act that made me really want to buy their CDs were Lily and Meg.

(I should probably point out that I’m trying to learn the harmonica so watching someone play the banjo AND the harmonica seriously impresses me at the moment.)

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