Posts Tagged ‘Fashion Soundtrack’


In Music Reviews on May 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Originally published here.

Gabriella Swerling gets back into the groove with some good old-fashioned soul and rediscovers the wonders of musical makeovers…

“I told her this time I’m gone, it would never be the same. You feel left all alone – only you to blame,” growls Lee Fields. He takes one breath before allowing himself to remember and live through the painful mysteries which inspired such lyrics. But when he exhales, you’re right there with him. Riding the wave of electric woes that have grown louder to support his tuneful wailing: “Ohhhhhh woahhhhh paralyyyyzed, so paralyzed I can see it in your eyes. So hold me, ‘cos this is the end…” Read the rest of this entry »

NO BRA INTERVIEW – Fashion Soundtrack

In Interviews, Magazine Contributions, Music Reviews on October 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

Photo by Heidi Slimane

No Bra. That’s right, she really does let those puppies free. The weird and wonderful alternative-techno singer catches up with Gabriella Swerling to talk digital revolutions, narcissism and sexual fantasies.
“On a date with the devil, the devil asked me ‘sing me one of your songs’, I said ‘well they’re not really songs, more like shouting’, the devil said ‘never mind, I’ll fuck you anyway.”

Perhaps a little more out-there than your other female soloists No Bra throws caution to the wind, sticks a metaphorical finger up to your Beyonce’s, your Joni Mitchell’s and your Lady Gaga’s, and relishes in performing a Virginia Woolf-esque stream of consciousness that flits from various musings to general sounds and groans. ‘Speak-singing’ is, I think, the technical term.

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In Fashion, Interviews, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions, Magazine Contributions on October 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Vogue’s fashion night out was a fabulous northern affair yesterday evening. The Manchester event began in Hugo Boss’s store with a fashionista shindig. There was plenty to keep shoppers busy – from fashion talks with Roksanda Ilincic and Jonathan Saunders at Harvey Nichols to Pixie Geldof DJing at H&M and The Maccabees performing at Emporio Armani. Meanwhile industry names offered their fashion wisdom – Kate Phelan’s styling tips in Topshop, Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey gave a trend talk at Kurt Geiger and Bay Garnett shared packing tips at Louis Vuitton. See the street style coverage and industry insight courtesy of the gorgeous Gabriella Swerling….. vogue
Henry Holland: “Manchester’s always been close to my heart, it’s my home city so I think it’s great bringing attention to the Northern fashion scene and that Vogue’s decided to hold Fashion Night Out here.” Read the rest of this entry »

INTERVIEW: MINUTE TAKER – Fashion Soundtrack

In Interviews, Music Reviews on August 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

If you haven’t already heard of him, Mancunian-based musician Minute Taker, aka Ben McGarvey is not only the latest one-to-watch on the Northern music scene, but he has also found the time to lead the ‘digi-folk’ revolution with his glockenspiel and synthesiser in tow. Gabriella Swerling catches up with him for what turns out to be an unexpected counselling session.

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Minute Taker is a multi-talented singer-songwriter and producer whose otherworldly beats have garnered comparisons with the likes of Björk and Bat for Lashes. Ben McGarvey is an unassuming yet charming Shropshire-born lad whose peculiar and haunted imagination is unveiled only when he performs under his pseudonym. Bizarrely, Minute Taker and Ben McGarvey are somehow the same person.

It is precisely this Jekyll-Hyde-esque polite shyness and creative genius that makes Minute Taker’s latest album, Last Things, released 15 April 2013, all the more intriguing. He released his first album Too Busy Framing in 2008 under his own name, and against his gut instinct. “I just didn’t really feel comfortable when it came to promoting it,” he says. “I think because my music is so personal, by using my own name I just somehow felt too exposed, so I decided to find a stage-name that I liked instead.”

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