Tag: Evening Standard

BEYONCE – BLACK IS KING review – Evening Standard, 31 July 2020

If the public is tiring of Disney doggedly remaking all of its old animations in live action format, finally some original content is coming out of the project as well. In a remarkable feat of cross-pollination, Beyoncé has now made a companion film to the companion album that she recorded to accompany the Lion King remake.   The Lion King:… Read more →

TAYLOR SWIFT – FOLKLORE review – Evening Standard, 24 July 2020

In 2012, on her hit single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift expressed her disappointment in an ex-boyfriend for listening to “some indie record that’s much cooler than mine.” Now, with album number eight, she’s finally made a cool one of her own. Folklore, begun in April when she should have been preparing for massive concerts supporting… Read more →

KANYE WEST/DONDA profile – Evening Standard, 24 July 2020

In the run-up to the release of a new album, it’s standard practice for musicians to make as many public appearances as possible, give interviews to the press and use social media to excess. Up to now, that hasn’t included holding an impromptu rally as a potential Presidential candidate, telling a business magazine that a coronavirus vaccine would be “the… Read more →

IDIOT PRAYER: NICK CAVE ALONE AT ALEXANDRA PALACE review – Evening Standard, 23 July 2020

While musicians continue to explore the possibilities of performing live without a present audience, someone of Nick Cave’s gravitas was never going to appear in virtual reality, on Instagram Live or in the computer game Fortnite.   Instead, as Laura Marling did last month, the Bad Seeds frontman has been filmed beautifully in an empty venue, for a solo piano… Read more →

MICHAEL KIWANUKA interview – Evening Standard, 24 July 2020

Yesterday’s Mercury Prize nominations have prompted the usual arguments about who is responsible for the best British or Irish album of the last year. Who should be on the 12-strong list that isn’t? Who shouldn’t be there that is? Who does or doesn’t deserve to be on the judging panel? Why on earth did they give it to Klaxons over… Read more →

ELLIE GOULDING interview – Evening Standard, 19 July 2020

Ellie Goulding is on my computer screen in her pyjamas. Weirdly, though, a home-based Zoom interview is a step down in intimacy from clicking play on the video for her latest single, Power, in which the star rolls around on her bed in an open white shirt, black bra and stockings. She filmed it herself, alone, with the director Imogen… Read more →

PA SALIEU interview – Evening Standard, 7 July 2020

In February last year, in a freestyle rap titled Next Up? which he performed for the web channel Mixtape Madness, Pa Salieu imagined his own shooting: “Had a dream that I’m dead-up, head top red-up/Must’ve got blown by a two-barrel, uh-oh.” In the small hours on a Saturday night in late October, it happened. He was outside a pub in… Read more →


Of all the missed gatherings of 2020, the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival might be the one that stings the most. That would have been some party, with Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Diana Ross all set to perform at what looks like it would have been a gloriously dry one. As it turned out, it was… Read more →

KHRUANGBIN interview – Evening Standard, 19 June 2020

They’re only in their various homes on computer screens but the wigs are on for Khruangbin’s interview. Both bassist Laura Lee and guitarist Mark Speer sport heavy, feature-concealing black fringes and hair to their shoulders. Donald “DJ” Johnson has somehow avoided the requirement, maybe because he’s usually already obscured sufficiently at the back behind a drumkit. “I don’t want to… Read more →

ORLANDO WEEKS interview – Evening Standard, 12 June 2020

Orlando Weeks likes the anticipation the most. The spell before the thing that’s coming comes fully into focus, when possibilities crowd around and your next project might become any one of them. He likes to read and listen, watch films and plays, enjoying the luxury of time to soak up inspiration. “There’s this small window where you’re just so embracing… Read more →