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Frances Morgan

Frances Morgan

Frances Morgan is a music writer and editor based in London, who began writing for zines as a teenager in the 1990s. Frances was the editor of Plan B magazine, which was co-founded with Everett True in 2003, and is currently a contributing editor (formerly deputy editor) at The Wire. In 2012 Frances began writing 'Soundings', a monthly column about film soundtracks, music documentaries and sound design, for Sight & Sound magazine. Frances’s writing has also appeared in Frieze, NME, Careless Talk Costs Lives, New Statesman, and various academic journals.

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Arcade Fire: King's College, London

Live Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, April 2005

WE WERE LATE, and lost. We took the lift and arrived at the wrong floor. I asked a white-shirted boy where the band were. Which ...

Born Heller: 12 Bar Club, London

Live Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, May 2005

FEBRUARY WAS so cold it was almost fun. Snow whipped round the corners of buildings, full in your face. Under the railway arches, I found ...

John Cage: David Grubbs: Records Ruin The Landscape – John Cage, The Sixties And Sound Recording

Book Review by Frances Morgan, Wire, The, June 2014

JOHN CAGE can always be relied upon for a good quote. Here an apparently lighthearted comment, in which the composer compares sound recordings to postcards ...

Can: Monster Movie/Tago Mago/Ege Bamyasi/Soundtracks

Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, September 2004

MY MEMORIES aren't sepia-tinted; they're midnight-blue and smile-white, fleet-footed but with ash on my toes and holes in my tights where I kicked off my ...

Cut Hands: Festival Of The Dead (Blackest Ever Black)

Review by Frances Morgan, Wire, The, November 2014

THE SHOCK WAVES generated by Cut Hands' 2011 album Afro-Noise (Volume 1) have long dissipated. Ritualistic electronic music built around African drum rhythms is now ...

Jeans Team: Kings Of Neon

Profile and Interview by Frances Morgan, Plan B, February 2005

Baroque electronic antiquarians Jeans Team dream of a Berlin-on-Sea. ...

Liars: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, June 2004

SAW LIARS TWO years ago, uncomfortable on a big stage. They looked sharp and they played sharp. I liked it a lot. They looked itchy-scratchy ...

Joanna Newsom: Daydream Believer

Profile and Interview by Frances Morgan, Plan B, September 2004

Joanna Newsom is a new kind of folk heroine, plucking out spells and lullabies on 46 thrumming strings. ...

OOIOO: Be Sure To Loop

Profile and Interview by Frances Morgan, Plan B, June 2004

FOUR JAPANESE women are running through the Camber Sands car park, wrapped in dresses and blankets and ponchos, straight hair blowing in the east wind. ...

Plush: 12 Bar Club, London

Live Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, February 2005

HE'S SINGING guide vocals, marking the chords on a chiming Gibson. Wordless lilts warm him up and take us down; sweet meetings of finger and ...

Tusk: Tree Of No Return

Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, February 2005

THE LINE between my eyebrows deepens, furrows, branches into tiny new rivulets of experience. My ear canals are bruised and my perfect pitch flattened (by ...

M. Ward: M Ward: Transistor Radio

Review by Frances Morgan, Plan B, February 2005

THE TRANSISTOR RADIO — best friend of the Shaggs ("My companion is with me wherever I go/My companion is of course my radio"), occult portal ...

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Folk music field recordings in the British Isles

Review by Frances Morgan, Wire, The, September 2014

Various Artists: The Barley Mow: Field Recordings And A Film Made In Suffolk In The 1950s Various Artists/Topic /The Flax In Bloom: Traditional Songs, Airs ...

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