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“A Whole New World”: Lucas Laufen And The Gracious Art Of “Weathering”

Experiencing the music of the rising folk artist is an exercise in listening closely and his just released sophomore LP is a particular diamond in that regard. Following up on the subtle art of the acclaimed songwriter in the return of his folk column, NBHAP co-head Andreas caught up with the Australian to talk new sonic encounters, pandemic circumstances and urban challenges on a whole.
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A Certain Regard: Making Sense of The Smile’s “A Light For Attracting Attention”

How can hype and expectation shape the music we hear? After one year of teasing, Thom Yorke and his indie elite company make their case with a debut that is in equal parts messy as it is spellbinding. For our new deep dive column, NBHAP author Nils Heutehaus took the time to jot down his notes on one of the most splendid 2022 musical happenings and he kindly invites you to take the journey with him.
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Places We Haven’t Been Before: Inside Holland Andrew’s Unique Soundscapes

Between ambient, neo-classical, and Jazz, Holland Andrews' music is first and foremost playfully experimental. On their latest release, the double EP "Wordplay / Forgettings" via LEITER the musician meditates on personal growth while exploring the wide range of their vocal performance. To highlight the release, we updated our Introducing playlist with songs by the singer.
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“I Enclose Magic”: Ibeyi On Unity, Opposition, and Symbolism of “Spell 31”

Ibeyi, the twins. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, the sister duo that moves in between worlds physically and spiritually. Raised between Cuba and France, they draw from their Afro-Cuban roots and Yoruba traditions as well as from contemporary Afro-beat scene and Latin jazz. They just released their third LP "Spell 31", which pays tribute to the ancestry and the traditions present in the musicians' upbringing and bridges earthly explorations with celestial connectivity.
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Unlearn Being the Man You’re Not: Soft Drug on Masculinity

Soft Drug are the litte red pill that invites listeners on an eye-opening trip - not just musically. Targeting topics like depression, accepting weakness, and toxic masculinity the RnB/Pop trio uses music as a tool to dissect gender-based discrimination in society and the music industry. Ahead of the release of their debut EP "Easy", band member Sascha reflects on his experiences with expectations of masculinity and the track "Man Up" released in April.
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Beyond What You Thought You Knew About Jazz: Introducing Allysha Joy

Melbourne-based artist Allysha Joy is a key player of the local contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop scene and records with the collective 30/70 as well as solo. This Friday, she releases her sophomore record "Torn: Tonic". In our interview, she tells us about her relationship to Jazz, personal growth, and facing the struggles of working in the male-dominated music industry.
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Darkness Fades: Sharon Van Etten and Her Endeavor to Make Sense of the World

After 2019’s much-praised 'Remind Me Tomorrow', Sharon Van Etten now returns with her immensely personal new album 'We've Been Going About This All Wrong'. In our in-depth conversation with the American singer-songwriter, Van Etten kindly shares her thoughts with us on juggling motherhood and a successful music career, finding a sense of community in difficult times and the benefits of working on her own terms.
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