Songwriting against quarantine boredom. The American superstar simply continued to record more music in the wake of her ‘folklore’ sessions. The world never asked for this sequel but Taylor Swift couldn’t care less about that. Since NBHAP head Norman already reflected on the first album, it made sense for another reflection on a record that couldn’t be anything else but a disappointment, right?
This year has been a challenge for all of us and we were lucky enough to have such tremendous records on our side to comfort us in difficult times. From gentle melancholia, to raging fury - the albums of 2020 had a lot of stories to tell and these are the ones our staff enjoyed the most. If you haven't listened to all of them you now got a whole lockdown winter ahead of you to do that.
What a freakin' year this has been! This sentence might be more true than at any moment in the past years. The Corona pandemic had a massive impact on pretty much all of our lives, the music industry and quite possibly also the rest of society. In the absence of live music events the songs and records that were released remained an anchor and provided much needed comfort in a difficult time. These are our fifty favourite tracks from this rollercoaster ride called 2020.
From much loved favourites like Angel Olsen, Bill Callahan, Ólafur Arnalds, Fenne Lily or Adrianne Lenker right to brand new talents like CATT, Le Ren, Sand Co., Vaarin and Maya Hawke. These 100 tracks are fitting companions for the upcoming Covid winter days.
With the current shutdown of the live music industry the majority of artists are facing one giant existential crisis throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Suddenly, there’s an urgency to talk about the value of art and music again and about what part the current streaming scene plays in this. NBHAP head Norman Fleischer took a moment to reflect on the current crisis and a possible way out of it.
How do you keep an overview about the countless new releases in the world of music? Well, easier said than done but thank god the staff of NBHAP keeps an overview. In this column one from the team personally reflects on the past four weeks and the music that mattered the most. This time it's the turn of our author Andreas to ramble on about our favourite passion in the world.
The lines between "pop" and "indie" are constantly vanishing for many years now but even by these standards a collaborative album between one of the world's biggest indie music stars and a global pop phenomenon feels like a surprise. Born out of the lockdown and a longing for artistic growth this is actually quite an inspirational musical adventure. Here's why you should give it at least a try.
The rise and fall at the game of thrones could not be faster and more exposed than in female pop music. A strong image and social media persona have become more relevant than ever. But what if this strategy suddenly cracks and your household name gets more and more scratches on its label? A reflection by NBHAP's Kai Hermann.