Every now and then we ask befriended musicians to recommend us an album that inspired their own art and the stories never fail to surprise and entertain us. The fact that beloved songwriter Faye Webster was heavily inspired by a joint venture of iconic bluegrass musician Alison Krauss and former Led Zeppelin leader Robert Plant was new to us. We invited Faye to write a few lines on the importance of this very special record for her.
Isn't it wonderful to have a record that travels with you throughout most of life's weird twists and turns? For British songwriter Eliza Shaddad the iconic debut album by her American colleague Tori Amos is exactly such a piece of music. In the wake of her upcoming new album "The Woman You Want" we asked Eliza to write down a few personal thoughts on that record that shaped her understanding of music.
Swedish indie-rock artist Linn Koch-Emmery has been a longtime favourite of the NBHAP staff and after years of following her blossoming career we're really happy that her debut LP "Being The Girl" is finally out and we're sure it will become the favourite album of many people out there. We were interested in whether Linn got a favourite album as well and she suggested a more recent one from 2020. But that shouldn't stop you from discovering Dominic Fike's work.
London's multi-talent Raf Rundell just released his new album "O.M Days" which is packed with funky grooves and explores new musical territory leading the artist on a spiritual journey. Positive energy is the leading line through and you can really sense the multiple influences that shaped the record. We invited Raf to give us a little insight into an almost fifty year old record that shaped him on the way to becoming the refined and versatile musician he is today.
Duncan Lloyd has been a driving force behind beloved British indie rockers Maximo Park for almost two decades now and their freshly released seventh album "Nature Always Wins" is another testament of that. When it comes to his own personal influences the musician shares a lot of love for this 1965 classic from the one and only Bob Dylan. We invited him to write about the record.
The new year is barely two weeks old and we're already pretty tired by it, maybe because we all still carry the luggage from 2020 with us. What a weird couple of months it has been but there's still hope for the future right. Shame, for a example, are finally back with their second studio album this week. So, we thought maybe they could help us to put this new year in perspective.
The dynamic sports and synths duo just released one of 2020's most charming debut albums, and now they move over to the dancefloor and take us on a trip through the depths of their musical knowledge and taste. Yes, Farao and Special-K have put together a smooth yet grooving lush disco mix for us, featuring some of the tracks that inspired Ultraflex. They explore some highlights from their selection right here.
The Australian musician Gordi aka Sophie Payton lives in between two worlds; music and medicine. In this personal guest article the Sydney-based artist/doctor opens up about why she dropped everything to help out during the Corona crisis and how she copes with the anxiety and frustration that comes with the great uncertainty all of us face.
The music Vaarin makes is marked by an inherent melancholia. Between beauty and pain, the Norway-based artist creates soundscapes that elate while tugging on the heartstrings. Her EP "Bitter Taste Of Goodbye" is out now and allows a glimpse deep into the soul of the young musician. In this intimate guest article Vårin Strand opens up about the emotions behind her music.
What do music and fencing have in common? Both require discipline, knowing your tools, and well-trained placement of hits or notes. We are premiering "Fencing", the latest release by The Micronaut in collaboration with Olympic fencer Anne Sauer. Instead of an exchange of intense hits, the two engage in a friendly exchange of interview questions regarding their greatest passions; fencing and music.