Scarfgate- Taylor Swift Explains

A new love does not want to stop, you drive through those red lights to the speed of your heart, this is a new life a new start. It’s late nights, long drives, expensive phone bills and a healthy amount of thrill. It’s candlelights and Friday nights, its smudged lipstick and painted nails, new aftershave and freshly ironed suit. It’s the nerves that bubble like champagne in a glass that you awkwardly cheers to in the hope that this will last. But soon those candles burn out, it’s the fridge light you’re dancing too, its cold and unnatural, naked in its embrace. The stifling grip of realisation pokes at your goosebump makes you think, perhaps there is some importance to a stop light.

I am of course referencing All Too Well. A short film, a directorial debut from our talented Taylor Swift. It is known this pieces reflects on the relationship Swift shared with Jake Gylenhall when she was just nineteen whereas he was 28. While fans will be aware that this scarf is quite literal, seen frequently worn by Taylor during this time, it is now a poetic piece too, representing a metaphor.

All Too Well Taylor Swift

At the Toronto International Film Festival the singer said “it’s basically a metaphor” but refrained from elaborating.

Red scarfs have been synonymous with revolutions and protest. They are also worn to provide comfort through the cold and then as a style item. Thus it could be deuced that she felt she was merely an accessory to Gylenhall, something to accessorise his outfit, his reputation with. For her this love she once shared provided great warmth, comfort a symbol of protection and care that soon become stifling, too tight to restrictive- this possession once a gift became an anchor, a restraint keeping her to him. In this film and it’s accompanying song she takes back the scarf, it symbolises her story of breaking free, the torment of heartbreak letting go and letting it be.

This of course is all unconfirmed, so what do you think the scarf could mean? Get in touch! @evolve_music_blog

The Car by Arctic Monkeys

Reviewing the Journey so far…

Departures and different destinations.Life is a car journey where you are rarely in the driver’s seat.

Zachary Mills

In this journey the Monkeys seem to have descended from their missions in space, descending into reality and shattering into a thousand,shimmering pieces. Less of the baltic, sweeping jazz but more of a cinematic ballad, evaporating angst and a melody that makes falling into the arms of desperation an acceptable journey.

From dances under a mirrorball to the heartbreak of the last call the arctic monkeys latest single surprises audiences with a revolutionary new tone from this four piece. We’v had their poetic punk in AM, the nostalgia of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, now we have a soundscape into Alex Turner’s, the frontman, melancholic mindset, epitomised in their new single There’d better be a mirrorball.

Music Video

The single is slow, the rate of pacing footsteps waiting outside a front door wanting to knock but not wanting an answer,. Its narrator distorts and disorients a listener, adding mystery to this misery, we are left wondering who indeed the heartbroken is, perhaps Turner feels both voices, the silent and the singer, feel a snap, a need to have their love back but a knowing that this decision would make them both under attack. The sedated march to the car is steady as a deliberate attempt to delay departure, this reluctance to let go of comfort and push yourself outside is a heartbreak we can all relate to.

But sometimes you have to realise “For the moment whеn you look them in the eyеs
And say, “Baby, it’s been nice” ending this stagnation will lead to future celebrations.

Previous Arctic Monkeys songs were bops and anthem bangers this single is stripped down, skeletal in formation, there is more structure, more complexities fattened only by it’s potential and possibilities. This mystery and intrigue is why the seventh album, The Car, is bound to be a success.

Arctic Monkeys live (Credit: Medios y Media/Getty Images)

The first track on this album I Aint Quite Where I think I am was debuted live at the Zurich Open-air festival in Switzerland. This track more closely echoes the upbeat, absurdist suave of Tranquilly base hotel and casino with punchy chords and witty lyricism it stunned crowds and promises fans of an exciting new voyage. The Car drops October 21st.

Georgie Hanson releases 2am

Inventing nightmares while you should be dreaming? This song is for you…

Georgie Hanson

Georgie Hanson continuously resonates with those of us struggling with inner turmoil.Her powerful vocals are amplified by the jazz infused instrumentals. The upbeat rhythm contrast the heavy weight of her raw lyrics, reflecting that while many of us may stand strong, smile and get things done, we feel vacant inside. This unfamiliar feeling of dancing through chaos is what Hanson wishes to achieve, she says “I love writing sad songs you can dance too, whether it be about a break up or a quarter life crisis”. This song is all about crisis control when it feels you lack all sense of solidity.

We invent nightmares when we should be sleeping, you’re in an abyss which has no pit, enforced by the dying light of a once promising potential. There is no guarantee in what should be. How can we be guided when we have lost our sense of direction, our chosen path suddenly leads to a dead end and there are no diversions?

2am

The disorientation is beautifully captured in Hanson’s accompanying video to her latest single.Filmed in Glasgow the wide camera angle paired with the desolate streets and darkness reflect the isolation amplified by the vastness of a new place.Hanson worked with Glasgow based cinematographer Stuart Alexander to express how our insecurities isolate us. We feel we are drifting through this chaos watching it all unfold unable to influence the tides, as the waves inside drown us. Songs such as 2am teach us to sail the sea that settles in all of us.

For Georgie this song helped her structure the fluidity that comes with the shock of being 21, the dissonance in feeling you should have your life sorted out by now while knowing you’re still young enough. Barely an adult, yet it feels time is running out to get back on track, to get back to yourself. Hanson, now 25, explained how this song helped her retain a sense of who she was during these tumultuous years…

” I had a huge shock entering my adult years, all my life events went from having minimal responsibility to major.Writing about this experience in 2am allowed me to process the changes that I was faced with, helping me to maintain an overall sense of identity.”

With her infectious melodies and captivating vocals it is no surprise that 2AM has already received radio play from Alister Williams host of ‘That 70’s Radio Show’ leading her to a feature BBC Introducing with Hannah Fletcher. This success continues her path of colourful accolades since her debut single Roads and Paths in 2018 received over 6k streams.

Roads and Paths

It is clear there is a fruitful future for Hanson with 55 monthly listeners on Spotify and an upcoming gig at the Ranby Festival on the 27th of August. Buy tickets here.