Crown by Eric Gales: Blues but for the grace of Bach

‘Is this the beginning or the end of time?’ — Jimi Hendrix. Eric Gales is back with a blues record to compete with contentions to foundation of a new genre of music, along the lines of Bach’s foundation of classical music in the baroque period. The opening track of Gales’ record ‘Death of Me’ echoes … Continue reading Crown by Eric Gales: Blues but for the grace of Bach

Further proof of my claim that Lisa is the successor to Nicki Minaj and Kanye West

First published on 12 September 2022. I have come across an array of YouTube remixes which confirm my year-old idea that Lisa is the successor to Nicki Minaj and, therefore, Kanye West. The victories of Nicki Minaj and Lisa at the MTV Awards night, with Nicki winning the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award and Lisa winning … Continue reading Further proof of my claim that Lisa is the successor to Nicki Minaj and Kanye West

Billie Eilish ‘The 30th’ Music Review: The Queen of Alternative Pop Presses Reset

To be as successful as Billie Eilish is a quality our frantic, phone-addled society seems to desire like no other. On ‘everything i wanted’, in between Billie’s first two full-length LPs, Billie Eilish reflects on the way that fame changes everything and nothing at the same time. ‘I had a dream / I got everything … Continue reading Billie Eilish ‘The 30th’ Music Review: The Queen of Alternative Pop Presses Reset

Why 2000s music is coming back

In the 1990s, a new genre was being born. Hip hop emerged from New York, Chicago, and LA to comment on the chaos of globalising capitalism. Money, power, and luxury were the themes of early hip hop, themes which began to be substantially critiqued in Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill towards the end … Continue reading Why 2000s music is coming back

Lisa is a western pop star

The title of this article may seem confusing. Lisa is a member of K-Pop group Blackpink and a solo artist in her own right. Her Thai origins and Korean audience in Blackpink mask the global reach of her music, and the distinctively ‘western’ appeal of her solo style and songs ‘Lalisa’ and ‘Money’. Lisa’s debut … Continue reading Lisa is a western pop star

The significance of Lisa’s MTV Award victory over BTS, Twice, and Itzy

Breaking free from a group is hard. Already three Blackpink members have gone solo, along with two of BTS’ members — albeit in collaborations with Charlie Puth and PSY. Lisa’s solo venture, drawing on Blackpink producer Teddy’s production skills in various styles in global pop and hip hop, is remarkable if only for its sheer … Continue reading The significance of Lisa’s MTV Award victory over BTS, Twice, and Itzy

Sabrina Carpenter’s rocking James Corden show: The heir to the pop throne perfects her craft

YouTube comments are funny things. (I should know.) ‘GIVE THIS WOMAN A GRAMMY ALREADY’ — ‘SHE DOESN’T NEED A GRAMMY. THE GRAMMYS NEED HER. [STAR EMOJI]’ — ‘FRRR’. Or so goes one string of comments that express the vibes of a fan base of a newcomer to celebrity and pop music. But Sabrina Carpenter is … Continue reading Sabrina Carpenter’s rocking James Corden show: The heir to the pop throne perfects her craft

How music survived: The turn from romanticism to jazz

Modern music began with J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, which laid the foundations for a new harmonic structure of overlapping melodies to replace the medieval unison chorus, and Renaissance eclecticism. Bach took folk tunes and made them the ‘themes’ of his new architecture. After Bach’s ‘baroque era’ of the early eighteenth century, Mozart developed the … Continue reading How music survived: The turn from romanticism to jazz

Aitch and the 50 Cent / Kanye Pivot

Hip hop is not what it was. Or is it? In order for hip hop to expand beyond its core bases of east and west coast radio stations and recording studios, as well as the Chicago scene which gave birth to the irreversible mainstreaming of hip hop, the now-universal genre of popular music has taken … Continue reading Aitch and the 50 Cent / Kanye Pivot