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Artist Spotlight: Ebony Buckle

Ebony Buckle is a London-based singer/songwriter, originally from her tropical seaside home of Townsville, Australia. Writing and performing with her husband, musician Nick Burns, who also produces her music, Buckle uses captivating stories to hold a mirror up to herself and the world. Reflected in these songs is our humanity - our wants and needs, our struggles to fit in or break out. Throughout all of this is the hope that we can connect, that we can see the magnificent beauty of our universe and that we can grow and learn and evolve without fear. Her latest single “ Wonder ” is inspired by the world’s loneliest whale. Arising from a story about a whale which was discovered in the 80s, who would sing at a frequency of 52hz (lower than any species known to humans). It was believed that this whale would not be heard by any of the other whales in the ocean, but now after decades of research there is another theory , that the whale’s song is heard by all other whales, as it stands out w

Artist Spotlight: Natalie Shay

The new music video from Natalie Shay, entitled “Naked”, illustrates the breakdown in a relationship - knowing you have interest elsewhere but struggling to let go for the fear of being alone. To date she has collectively  amassed hundreds of thousands of streams , with her music being placed in  Spotify’s New Music Friday  playlist in  ten countries .  Shay  has garnered acclaim from the likes of  Billboard, American Songwriter, Hollywood Life, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Earmilk  and  LADYGUNN  to name a few.  Natalie Shay is a 21 year old indie pop/rock artist hailing from North London. The multi award-winning musician has established an ever-growing presence, media acclaim and a loyal fanbase through her explosive live performances and viral-worthy anthems, recognising her as one of the UKs hottest emerging talents.  Combining her youthful and charismatic aura with her classical training and time spent at the prestigious BRIT School, Shay has finessed the ability to produce

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Artist Spotlight: SLUGS

SLUGS is a 4 piece alt rock outfit out of Los Angeles comprised of singer/songwriter and guitarist Marissa Longstreet, bass player and vocalist Sarsten Noice , lead guitaris Josh Beavers and drummer Dash Hutton.  Quickly gaining the attention of music lovers,  SLUGS have been on tour with LP & The Districts and have opened for Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joywave, Lets Eat Grandma and The Mattson II.  They just dropped their latest single, ‘Super Sane’, which features high voltage expression along with a calmer wash, showcasing restrained strums of electric guitar which is both divinely gripping and atmospheric. The delicate lower harmonies are so haunting, while the intimate vocals are gentle and totally skeletal in their honesty. Somewhat warm and somewhat cold, the overall feel is wonderfully juxtaposed with feelings of healing and acceptance. The minimalist sound is also vividly complex in its dynamics and meticulously placed elements. 

Swallow’s Rest

by Elise Van Lil EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY - 2019, 06:07 A foggy morning. Chapel’s Wood is a small village, the kind where everyone knows one another. The station can hardly be called one. It consists of a vandalized sign hanging loosely from a rusty pole and two metal benches on either side of the railroad tracks. Two flights of slippery stairs lead up to the platforms. They’re a hazard in winter, which it is now. ANYA, a young woman with the world in her eyes, struggles up the stairs. Her suitcase is heavy, much like her demeanor. She takes off one of her gloves to get a better grip on the suitcase. Once at the top, she lights a cigarette and looks out at the tracks. She’s early, but impatient. EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY - 2000, 16:03 A train pulls in. ANYA, a 10-year old girl jumps off. She is holding a tiny suitcase.                     MOLLY           Anya, wait! MOLLY, a woman in her thirties, runs after ANYA. Her gait is slower than what you’d expect of a woman her age. ANYA stops

Between Patriotism and a Bittersweet Lie: The Nostalgic Return in The Farewell

by Monica Matias Lulu Wang’s second film, The Farewell (2019), presents the story of a bittersweet lie that unleashes a dialogue amongst a Chinese family about identity and culture. Billi, a young woman who lives in New York, finds out that her dear grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer. The family has decided not to tell Nai Nai, the grandmother, as part of their tradition to conceal this type of information. A wedding serves as a pretext for every family member and friend to see Nai Nai one last time. At first, Billi was not going, for her “inability” to hide her emotions, but she challenges her family’s decision and travels to China to spend time with Nai Nai. As the family reunites to fulfil the wedding scheme, issues like family, tradition, pride, and identity surface and become the central discussion in the film. Moreover, Wang’s film is beautiful and witty. The film builds up tension and it leads you to feel as if you know the ending. The cinematography and music perfectly align t


by Chloe Brennan A small guide into being a film student and surviving life on set. What was the last great film you saw? What really brought it to life for you? Which film inspired you to want to create something more? The films that defines you as a person.  Films have consumed me ever since I was a little girl, from Disney to Kubrick. It’s the constant in everyone’s life, there’s always a new film, a better film, a different genre. Going from watching film to creating it is a bumpy ride. You watch the film or the show you love, and you think to yourself ‘Wow, that looks like a piece of cake’. Then you begin studying film and suddenly you have film teachers shouting the importance of ISO settings on the camera and having to spend hours studying the tripod and how to use it correctly and safely. It is slightly chaotic, but the good kind. During the change between just watching and now creating I picked up the essential pieces of advice, mainly from trial and error, and finished with a

Eurydice’s Last Words

by Kate Bradley I do not want to return To sit in the stalls, Of an empty black box Strewn with petals Leave the ghost light on, Let it shine like a call home, But I will not come back To turn it off alone. I learn this as we walk Our ever so solemn path Our thudding funeral march, You think we’re going back. As I trace my old steps, I fear of the day When the symphony swells, And I land my gaze On you, yet you will be Enraptured by the sound, If you did twist To turn around, You would not see me. So I am not sorry, I speak out into the empty air And I am not sorry. “Turn Around.” You do, you look You think  I fall But I run on, Arms wide open To fall in love With it all “Perhaps she was the one who said, ‘Turn around.” On the X45 bus, back from the Tyneside Cinema, I wrote a poem entitled “Eurydice’s Final Words”, after having seen “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”.  That poem was terrible, so I wrote a new one, as my response to the beautifully poignant film.  In one scene, Héloïse, an 18