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Thank You For Hearing Me

Sinéad O’Connor

13th September 1994🇮🇪

Sadly, I write this on the day we learn that Sinéad O'Connor has passed away.

I talked about her covers earlier in this blog, but she was a tremendous songwriter in her own right. I became a committed fan when I saw her at a festival in 1994 or maybe 1995 when she was promoting Universal Mother, having previously only known her own song Mandinka, and Nothing Compares 2 U, the cover that made her famous.

I was knocked over by this performance of melodic music somehow influenced by folk and dub at the same time.


No Curse



Recorded for the Shaking Through project, this song was written around the time of the 2017 Waxatchee LP “Out in the Storm”.

Like most Waxahatchee songs, it combines simple chords with sweet melody, but in this case a slicker-than-usual production elevates it above the norm.


How Not To Drown

Chvrches ft. Robert Smith

Single (2nd June 2021), LP (due 27th August 2021)🇬🇧 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

This is my second 2021 collab offering - like the previous one, this features two very different voices that combine so well.

Here, Chvrches work with Robert Smith of The Cure to produce a track that is greater than the sum of its parts - even though its parts are great alone.

This is definitely one of my favourite tracks of the year so far.