Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus are boygenius. Although only in their late twenties, all three of them can already look back on highly successful solo careers. Now, five years after their self-titled debut EP, they have released their debut album "the record" and even though the title was probably chosen with a humorous intention, it can be taken seriously indeed: This is not some record - it is already a classic.
The now New York-based folk artist Fenne Lily is back with her third record and while her tender acoustic aura hasn’t changed a bit, her latest full-length is more honest and authentic than ever, grappling the essence of this thing called love with new intensity and sincerity. In a matter of looking back at each song from first to last, these are her thoughts on how this album was conceived.
Belgian dream-pop duo Portland’s second full-length record is an ode to human connection, meandering between warmth and pain. Lead-singer Jente talked to NBHAP author Lilly about the intense process he and his duo-partner Sarah Pepels went through in order to create the album, how this process challenged their relationship and eventually the entire future of their band.
The collaborative record "Through the Cycle" by the Berliner Duo Modha engages in vulnerable and open conversations about mental health. With the aim to destigmatize the conversations around the topic, Modha share their emotions with the collaborators to create an atmosphere of trust. Among their collaborators are poet and writer Candice Nembhard, and the singers Noah Slee and Jermaine Peterson. We spoke to Modha and their contributors about the experience, vulnerability, and hopes for the album.
Ahead of her new EP we caught up with Dutch rising star Mazey Haze, who has made a name for herself with sweeping, elegant pop music, hitting new heights on "Back To The Start". Discover the artist on a new playlist along with other acts like Spacey Jane, Pip Blom, Feng Suave and more.
Every end of the month we are releasing a round-up of reviews of recent releases that moved us the most. These are the personal takes on hand-curated gems our team dug up, this time with Altın Gün, Adi Oasis, Kosaya Gora, M83, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mary Anne's Polar Rig, Eddie Chacon and Mammal Hands. What will be your favourite?
On the 88th day of the year, Piano Day, LEITER release the second compilation featuring pianists from different musical backgrounds. The record represents the diverse stories and emotions the piano can invoke. With artists like Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Yann Tiersen, and Meredi, the compilation celebrates the sound of the unique instrument.
Barcelona-based pianist Marta Cascales Alimbau merges classical and contemporary influences. Forming part of the growing scene of young pianists, she explores the range of expression of the 88 keys. Ahead of the release of her single "The Space Between" as part of the piano days project, we met the artist in her hometown.