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Annett Bonkowski

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The Soft Twilight Glow: Kevin Morby And The Warm Colours Of Melancholy

The day is coming to a close. The remaining daylight will swallow whatever is in front of us, little by little dragging this valuable present moment into the past. No matter how much we are trying to hold on to it. And with it, some thoughts and hopes will eventually fade away, too. Laying bare, an increased feeling of melancholy. A sensation so profound, Kevin Morby's new album 'Sundowner' takes us on a journey through those fleeting twilight hours full of magic and tristesse. A spirit of the times hovering above it all.
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‘Becoming A Jackal’ Turns 10: An Ode To Villagers’ Debut Album

Time itself is a peculiar construct. There is a first time for most things in life and, therefore, it is often these moments that hold a uniqueness and most likely a special sentiment that you then carry with you for the months and years to come, if you are lucky. Discovering an artist and fully embracing their work for the first time has always been, to this date, an exceptionally thrilling experience for me. In 2010, Villagers' magnificent debut album 'Becoming A Jackal' ended up leaving a lasting impression on me.
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‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’ Turns 10: Reflecting On Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Rock’n’Roll Masterpiece

The world would be a much duller place without rock’n’roll music in it. In fact, without Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in it. A powerful, raw guitar sound that shakes you thoroughly and resonates a feeling of uproar and , if needed, a certain will to strive against the stream will always remain valid. The boldness and drive that come along with rock music in its purest form have never disappeared, despite the genre being declared dead multiple times over the past decades.
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The Sudden Turns Of Life: Caribou On Dealing With The Unexpected

The past few years have not exactly been easy for Caribou’s Dan Snaith. Despite piling up hundreds of song ideas and working tirelessly on his new album 'Suddenly', personal challenges and unexpected turns shaped the musical outcome to a large degree. An album that has been inspired by a very personal view on life more than anything forcing Snaith to step out of his own fears and taking on new roles. NBHAP editor Annett Bonkowski caught up with the acclaimed artist.
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Seeing The World: Devendra Banhart On Motherly Dimensions And His Inner Child

Pulling off a whole album circling around the theme of motherhood coming from a male artist is - quite frankly speaking - exactly what we need in 2019. Devendra Banhart may be one of the few contemporary male artists who are able do that with a great deal of sensitivity, warmth and openness. His latest work 'Ma' combines all of these characteristics beautifully while approaching the topic in its full spectrum.
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Embracing Time, Loss And A New Sense Of Freedom: A Thoughtful Reflection By Kindness

In recent years, it would have been easy for Kindness to push themselves to the fore. With as many talents in their pockets as Adam Bainbridge and a long list of musical activities, high profile collaborations and various spectra covered such as writing, producing, djing or having their own radio programme, the limelight was right there. However, Kindness chose to let their work speak for itself mostly from a position in the half-shade . And it did. Rather soft-spoken in general, but always determined, profound and open-minded.
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A Constant Conversation: Exploring The Golden Rules Of Friendship With Whitney

Before the summer is slowly fading away, we are blessed with "Forever Turned Around" - Whitney’s gorgeous follow up to 2016’s magnificent debut "Light Upon The Lake" that saw Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek become indie folk’s newest darlings with a very busy schedule of touring the world together afterwards. Working hard and following your passion is always best when you can share the experience with someone else which is very much the case here for the two longterm friends Max and Julien who have been making music together since the tender age of 18.
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Not Playing By The Rules: The Infinite Cosmos Of The Divine Comedy

Releasing a double album in 2019? Bold move. Writing a song about synthesizer brands? Even bolder. Or in other words: The Divine Comedy are back. On their eleventh studio album, the band from Northern Ireland returns with unstoppable curiosity, wit and love for imagination while the storytelling circles around one theme in particular: Office Politics. A title enough to stretch the band's already existing creative dimensions even further and leaving a lot of room for brilliantly witty observations.
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This Is A Test: Shining A Light On Sinkane’s Aura

Even if you don't speak French, there is a good chance that the word "Dépaysé" echoes back a certain sensation of melancholy and longing. By choosing it as the album title for his latest musical output, Ahmed Gallab alias Sinkane picked a word that perfectly summed up his feelings while working on new music trying to figure out his place in this world and connecting with himself even more. Dépaysé meaning 'to be removed from one’s habitual surroundings'. 
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