Single Review / Tired As Fuck – The Staves

Perhaps a profanity in a song title isn’t something we’d expect from indie-folk trio, The Staves, but it’s something they’ve certainly surprised us with. Ahead of a North American tour and headlining Bushstock this summer, the band have released a double-A side single consisting of ‘Train Tracks’ and ‘Tired As Fuck’. The latter is a bluesy rock track that sees the sisters significantly distancing themselves from their signature sound and style.

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Year Abroad / Why a year abroad doesn’t have to be the best year of your life

It’s the envy of your friends, parents and Instagram followers alike: the year abroad. Compulsory for language students and an opportunity for adventure for many other undergraduate students, time out from university in the UK is increasingly popular year on year, with a third of students aged between 16 to 30 interested in studying abroad when polled in 2015. However, does it really have to be the best year of your life?

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2017 / January Round Up

Hey everyone! This is a new kind of post I’m trying out, so please bear with me. A month can encompass a heck of a lot of stuff, and given how January has felt like the longest month on record, there has been a lot to talk about. This series is basically a summary of things I’m listening to, reading, watching and loving, being as sadly I don’t really have the time to review everything individually. Here we go.

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Single Review / Wild Fire – Laura Marling

There are many things that have already characterised 2017 as another particularly awful year, but the return of Laura Marling is certainly not one of them. While the beginning of this year may have brought with it a new, strongly-opposed US President and several debates regarding feminism and women’s rights, Marling has delivered some much-needed sunshine in the form of new single, ‘Wild Fire’. The track precedes her sixth album Semper Femina, an LP that sees Marling writing about women and “[her] great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards [herself].”

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Year Abroad / Boyfriend in Barcelona

If you hadn’t guessed from the very straightforward title, I spent a few days in Barcelona with my boyfriend last week. I’d not seen Jack for two months since my surprise trip home back in October, so a reunion was definitely needed! With yet another Spanish holiday came the perfect opportunity for a holiday of our own, which coincided nicely with Jack’s birthday this week, so it was an early birthday present for him too.

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Album Review / 24 HRS – Olly Murs

Cementing his status as one of the most successful artists to come from Redbrick Music’s least favourite TV show, The X Factor, Olly Murs has secured yet another number one album with 24 HRS (his fourth, to be exact). This ties him for most successful X Factor artist with One Direction in terms of number ones, which is no mean feat. It seems that the more we hear from the Essex star, the more our love for him grows – but just how good is 24 HRS?

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