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Regular blog posts from the world of music. Find reviews of new releases, interviews with bands and artists, recommendations of buzzing newcomers, deep dives into much loved records as well as personal columns about our favourite passion in the world.

“Suddenly I Feel Like I Don’t Have Much Time Left”: A Closer Look On Pearla’s Existential Debut

On her debut record “Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is Coming”, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Pearla peels off the layers of every-day-life and reflects on the existential pain and beauty lying underneath. NBHAP author Lilly explored the artist’s world of fantastic dreams and late-night train stations to find that the biggest riddles’ solutions are sometimes not answers – but questions.

Composing Through Travel: The Musical Geography of Thylacine

Artists seek inspiration in every human experience. French producer, Thylacine, is no different traveling far and wide to find it. Giving sound to geographical locations from the polar ice caps of Norway, to the troglodyte caves of Anatolia, he shares his amazement of music traditions and combines authentic sounds with immersive visuals.

“Further Away From My Own Life”: On The Art Of Fiction With Andy Shauf

One of the most promising songwriters off the Canadian soil, Andy Shauf returns these days with “Norm”, a meticulously crafted interlay of stories revolving around the central, eponymous figure. NBHAP editor Andreas sat down with the artist to talk about the record, discussing the craft of storytelling as such, and the lack of imagination that characterises present-day folk music.

The Sometimes and The In-Betweens: Rasha Nahas on Amrat امرات 

Based in Berlin, the Haifa-raised singer and songwriter Rasha Nahas releases her first album in her native tongue, Arabic. Written during the pandemic, "Amrat امرات" is an exploration and celebration of her Palestinian identity and a touching album grown out of spaces in between cities, identities, and cultures. We spoke to the singer and are premiering the video to "Habbetek حبيتك" in this week's Introducing Feature.

Solidarity and Resistance Through Music: Impressions from Territory Disrupt

For two days in late November, the music-discursive event Territory Disrupt gathered various artists and researchers at SOMA Art Space Berlin. The concerts and discussion rounds focussed on the topic of cultural imperialism and artistic work in times of war. Music and cultural production are ways of fighting oppression and inspire solidarity and resistance. Anna Grubauer entered this space for exchange and discourse and shares impressions from the artistic interventions and discussion rounds.

Take Your Friend to Mannheim’s Maifeld Derby 2022

The Maifeld Derby is Back with its most interesting Line Up ever! This year the Maifeld Derby has gathered artists from all over the world and composed a versatile music mix for four days of festival fun. For those who would like to join us there, here is your opportunity to WIN 1x2 Tickets to the Festival.

“Out of Destruction Comes Creation”: Walking Through the Haze of Husky’s ‘Stardust Blues’

Can you really fit an entire day into one album? On their fourth LP, the Australian indie folk outfit Husky prove that you can, hitting a major peak in their impressive œuvre. NBHAP author Andreas caught up with front singer Husky Gawenda to chat about struggling through moments of transition and how every darkness is followed by new light. Isn't that a promise this world needs now more than ever?

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