Music

Laurel Halo: Behind the Green Door, and the Conflicts of Live Performance

Laurel Halo: Behind the Green Door, and the Conflicts of Live Performance

Laurel Halo is seeking to make the live performance of music and the music recording process connect. After a string of EPs which initially saw her categorised as part of a lo-fi synth movement, released first over the internet, then via Hippos in Tanks – an L.A. based record label which has worked with artists including Gatekeeper, Nguzunguzu, and d’Eon…

A$AP Rocky: Cloud Rap and Live at the Melkweg

A$AP Rocky: Cloud Rap and Live at the Melkweg

A$AP Rocky is sometimes considered as one of the most prominent of a group of young artists whose sound has come to be identified as ‘Cloud Rap’. The term – which originated around 2011, associated with Main Attrakionz and Lil B, and is still in the process of emerging – is a useful one, for it suggests the way in…

Rabindranath Tagore, E. E. Cummings; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Björk

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali polymath, best known as a poet. Born in Calcutta – then part of the Bengal Presidency, and the capital city of British India – Rabindranath was the youngest child of Debendranath Tagore, the first leader of the Brahmo Samaj, a religious and social reform movement prominent in the development of the Bengal Renaissance. The Brahmo…

Pierrot Through the Arts: Deburau, Laforgue, Schoenberg and On

Pierrot, the sad clown, with white face and loose white blouse, expressing slowly and subtly and in the absence of and beyond words, emerged in the nineteenth century from his roots in stock comedies and pantomimes to become the embodiment of a certain artistic type, a specific strain of artistic emotion: sensitive, melancholy and solitary, and at once playful and…

Kanye West Live at the HMH, Amsterdam

Kanye West Live at the HMH, Amsterdam

One of the facets of Kanye West which most defines him as an artist and drives his popularity is his readiness to accept and juxtapose apparently dichotomous emotions and contradictory points of view. We expect and allow different things from different groups of people. Where a philosopher may endeavour to systematise his thoughts into a single comprehensive and coherent body…

Doldrums – Lesser Evil, and Live at De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam

Doldrums – Lesser Evil, and Live at De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam

Subbacultcha! is, in its own words, an ‘independent, multidisciplinary cultural platform’ based in Amsterdam. It produces a monthly magazine with a focus on experimental and emerging music; and arranges a diverse and regular programme of concerts, film showings and art exhibitions throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. Hosting concerts in a variety of venues across Amsterdam, including Trouw, OT301, and Sugar…

‘Madame George’ and Guerlain’s Shalimar: A Portal to Perfumery

Asked and obliged to be concise, I would name Astral Weeks by Van Morrison as my favourite album, and ‘Madame George’ from Astral Weeks as my favourite song. This article isn’t intended as an extensive exploration of the album’s music or themes; it doesn’t recount my listening experiences of the song as a form of personal history; and nor does…

Heteroglossia in the Music of Ariel Pink

I sometimes think that popular music criticism – taking popular music very broadly as a whole, and the criticism of popular music as something distinct from the criticism of classical music (a distinction which generally holds strong, in spite of a number of crossover artists or artists whose music draws from and fits alongside classical composers and compositions) – lacks…