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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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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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chrome: Half Machine From The Sun (King of Spades)

Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, January 2014

CHROME's Alien Soundtracks and Half Machine Lip Moves were released in 1978 and 1979, which makes them contemporaries of Mad Max, Philip K Dick's VALIS, ...

Robbie Basho: Visions of the Country (Gnome Life)

Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, January 2014

ROBBIE BASHO's singing is sometimes written about as if it's a rather regrettable aspect of his work. ...

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

Book Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, 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 ...

The Soft Pink Truth: Why Do The Heathen Rage? (Thrill Jockey)

Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, June 2014

I ONCE SAW Drew Daniel in his Soft Pink Truth guise provoke such a negative response from an audience member that he must have been ...

Folk music field recordings in the British Isles

Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, 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 ...

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

Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, 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 ...

Mica Levi: Loving the Alien: Mica Levi

Interview by Frances Morgan, The Wire, February 2015

As a member of Micachu And The Shapes, Mica Levi was an archetypal underground pop star — then she wrote the soundtrack to Under The ...

Björk: Vulnicura (One Little Indian)

Review by Frances Morgan, The Wire, March 2015

The grand drama of the latest Björk album reveals command of texture and mood as her survival mechanism. ...

Klara Lewis: Happy Accidents: Klara Lewis

Interview by Frances Morgan, The Wire, June 2016

The open canvases of Klara Lewis explore a landscape of found sounds, re-recordings, pop songs and audio byproducts. By Frances Morgan. ...

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