London born, bred and based, I am a writer with a degree in English from the University of Liverpool.
Since I graduated in 2015, I have worked by day as commissioning editor, copyeditor and staff writer for Caught by the River, an arts/nature/culture clash posting regularly at caughtbytheriver.net.
By moonlight and probably sheer madness, I am also a writer-for-hire, mainly covering music; I write regular reviews and features for The Quietus and DIY, as well as album and artist biogs for the likes of Cate Le Bon, Bradford Cox and Working Men's Club.
Adjacently: I DJ, co-host a monthly show on Soho Radio, and occasionally co-host the Heavenly Jukebox radio show too.
Say hello/commission me: [email protected]
Biog for H. Hawkline's 'Milk for Flowers' out on Heavenly Recordings March 2023
Biog for Sweet Baboo's 'The Wreckage', released on Amazing Tapes From Canton, January 2023
Biography for Confidence Man's second record, released on Heavenly Recordings April 2022
Album biog for Mattiel's third album, released on Heavenly Recordings March 2022
Biography for Connan Mockasin's 5th album, released on Mexican Summer late 2021
Biography for the debut Ade album, made with his son Connan Mockasin, and due out on Mexican Summer on his 72nd birthday, July 2021
Biography for the debut Katy J Pearson album, due out on Heavenly Recordings November 2020
Biography for the self-titled Working Men's Club album, due out on Heavenly Recordings October 2020
Biography for Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox's collaborative EP 'Myths 004', released on Mexican Summer November 2019
A biography for Katy J Pearson's debut single on Heavenly Recordings, 'Tonight' released October 2019
Biography for Cate Le Bon's fifth studio album 'Reward', released on Mexican Summer May 2019
'Why would a woman want to be a DJ?' writes Annie Nightingale in the opening pages of her book Hey Hi Hello, recalling the bureaucracy and bewilderment that met her determination to become the BBC's - and Britain's - first female radio DJ. 'Why worry your pretty little head with such technical matters, dear?'
We are standing in the future, and also in the past - or maybe in no time at all. A sensual, looping beat drops from the sky as the conceiver, sculptor, and breathless orator of this simulated reality steps up to the tannoy.
On John Cooper Clarke and BBC Four: The 2012 BBC4 documentary 'Evidently... John Cooper Clarke' was the first time I became properly aware of The Bard in all his stick-legged, perma-sunglassed, rapid-fire, big-haired, fag-on-the-go, Salfordian-lilted, no-fucks-given glory.
Amidst enforced solitude and Westminster weaselry, Tim Burgess has single-handedly transformed Twitter, 40-or-so minutes at a time, from infamous internet hellpit to place of love, unity and shared musical enthusiasm.
Here endeth the annual series of postings we like to call Shadows and Reflections, in which our contributors and friends look back on the past twelve months. The final piece of the season comes from CBTR editor and staff writer Diva Harris
The course of true love never did run smooth declares Lysander 135 lines into A Midsummer Night's Dream; and so too sings Poppy Hankin 1 minute 16 seconds into Girl.
Seven years after Jerkcurb emerged comes first full-length, 'Air Con Eden': a Lynchian prom night woozy with eclipses, chicken bone wishes, slow-motion love affairs and punch-drunk riffs.
For Jesca Hoop, the process of choosing these 13 records was largely an exercise in nostalgia. "This is a difficult career path, and sometimes I have to tune out of the game", she says. "Right now I'm not listening to any [current] music.
It is ten years and five albums late - and on the promise that I will be met at the door by 'a Pacific Northwestern rodeo child with an unmistakable laugh, who was allegedly cursed upon conception'- that I arrive at the Mega Bog party.
Ever since I first heard 'The Barrel', the first song to be released from Aldous Harding's Designer, some two months ago, I haven't stopped thinking about the peaches and ferrets and eggs of its lyrics.
It is radical, in a world of constant sensory overload, to use quietness to make yourself heard: something I realise as I attempt to listen to the new Jessica Pratt album over roaring central London roads, office babble, the racket of the Victoria Line.
"Come on down from that cloud / And cast your fears aside," urges Bradford Cox in the opening bars of the new album from indie beloveds Deerhunter. Gently, dreamily, and with a slight baroque flourish (he is singing over harpsichord - played by fellow winner of alternative hearts Cate Le Bon, no less) we are coaxed into Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?, the band's eighth album.
Photo by Naomi Yates Some context before I ramble on about how blisteringly good Crack Cloud were on Friday: it's well-documented that the Canadian 'multimedia collective' functions as a form of rehabilitation for its seven members.
I don't know if it's the manic pre-gig jazz that was just playing or something in the air, but when Drinks (and their fellow low-key-indie-celeb-studded backing band - hiya Euan from Younghusband) take to the stage and fire up their multitude of instruments (guitar guitar bass keys drums cowbell cowbell miscellaneous percussion) at Hackney's Oslo on Tuesday night, everyone seems to be making out.
"There are a zillion quadrillion incredible songs that have shaped me", Chan Marshall, better known to your iTunes as Cat Power says, thoughtfully and audibly dragging on a cigarette. "[But] most of my favourite songs in the history of music are, sadly, not part of my favourite albums in the history of music."
Ordinarily, it would take some convincing to get people to haul their arses down to a tiny, oddly painted room on a drizzly night to watch a band's first ever London gig. But not last Sunday, when rhythmic-space-disco-hungry hordes squished into the Shacklewell Arms for a sweaty slice of The Mauskovic Dance Band.
Connan Mockasin, with his seedy spoof-sultry riffs, his croony vocals and his unsettling pillow-talk lyrics, makes me uncomfortable in the way that using somebody else's toothbrush or being stared at by a cat while I'm having a wee makes me uncomfortable.
"In the press there's always been an exploitation of my vulnerability that has demeaned my professionalism, has demeaned my stature," said Chan Marshall - aka Cat Power - in a recent radio interview with Mary Anne Hobbs.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard photograph by Rowan Allen There is truly something magical about Green Man Festival. The specific source of this magic is impossible to pinpoint, but there's a lot to be said for the festival's location, nestled in the heart of the Black Mountains.
On Madonna's 'Amazing': Let's get one thing straight: cowgirl Madonna is the best Madonna. Not only is that blue satin shirt a certified Look, but a country slash French club banger album just should not, on any level, work - should it? And yet it does, doesn't it?
Legend has it that Kadhja Bonet was born in 1784, in the back seat of an intergalactic seafoam-green Ford Pinto. Her glittering, celestial debut The Visitor - an eight-song album of baroque and stardust-smattered R&B/soul/jazz beamed down for earthly consumption back in 2016 - can certainly be taken as evidence for this claim.
From behind a slowly drawn pair of velvet curtains, flecked with motes of dust and moth wings, appears a cobbled town square in the south of France. Haphazardly handpainted scenery drops into place: a crumbling stone mill set against a green, rock-lined river.
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