Crimson staff writer
Larissa G. Barth
Floor Jansen’s ‘Daydream’ Single Review: How Music Awakens Us
The lyrical complexities and dynamic instrumentals of "Daydream" artfully explore themes of seclusion and hope.
Amber Run Album Review: We Can Never Truly Understand ‘How To Be Human’
“And in the dark I’ll be your eyes,” sings British indie rock band Amber Run on “Hurt,” the second track of “How To Be Human,” released on Feb. 24.
From Our Bookshelves: The Forest of Wool and Steel
As a pianist and lover of words, I treasure the tender, poetic prose and imagery of "The Forest of Wool and Steel;" as a Harvard student, I value its remedial guidance for how to maneuver through some of Harvard’s greatest challenges.
‘Life Ceremony’ Review: Sayaka Murata’s Normal is a Type of Madness
With childlike naiveté and disorientingly flat prose that never passes judgment, Murata takes taboos to extremes to expose the ultimately arbitrary nature of societal norms.
The Rose Concert Review: Group Therapy At Roadrunner
Huge black roses filled the stage as props, and the band and fans handed each other roses, the symbol of the band’s simultaneously sweet and thorny music.
'Fickle Game' Retrospective: Amber Run is Haunted and Haunting
“Fickle Game” is a desperate outcry against the disorienting absurdity and impermanence of life, a haunted yearning for stability and control, a solitary search for meaning. How, then, shall we play this fickle game?
Larissa Pham’s ‘Pop Song’ Review: A Distressing Memoir about Delusive Coping Strategies
While the "Pop Song" should be applauded for its poetic prose, intelligence, and raw honesty that will certainly resonate with young readers grappling with hurtful experiences, Pham’s vulnerability borders on trauma porn.
Dove Cameron’s ‘Breakfast’ Review: A Satirical, Deliriously Dark Manifesto Against Oppressive Gender Norms
“Breakfast” is a truly remarkable feminist achievement that demonstrates the myriad ways in which the patriarchy constrains and harms women while simultaneously being an objectively pleasing, catchy pop hit.
“Car Crash” Review: eaJ’s Nostalgic Drive Through a Failed Relationship
Although he had already begun releasing self-written solo songs and collaborations under the name eaJ in 2020, “Car Crash,” which he shared on April 8, is his official solo debut.
'Élan' Retrospective: Nightwish Have a Laugh at the Orthodox
Even seven years after the song’s initial release, its timeless message lives on: What better time to celebrate life than right now?