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What’s the intention behind the music? Our ‘Stories’ section brings you interviews, features, personal opinions and columns about your favourite passion in the world.

Seeing The City With New Eyes: A Motorcycle Ride Through Berlin-Neukölln With Magic Island

Magic Island is the moniker of the producer and artist Emma Czerny. The Canadian made Berlin her hometown ten years ago but the confinement of the pandemic made her rediscover her neighborhood. Working off the theme of questioning what you think you already know, her new album "So Wrong" is a collection of songs influenced by her life in Neukölln. NBHAP author Liv Toerkell went for a walk with Emma in the city streets that she calls home.
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Existential Echoes: An In-Depth Exchange With Indigo Sparke

Australian songwriter Indigo Sparke released her wonderful debut album "Echo" in February 2021 and to celebrate its vinyl issue, NBHAP author Anna Stich got a chance to talk to her about what informs her music and how she translates her perception of the world into sound. The result is a detailed and insightful
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Japanese Breakfast Is Fighting For Joy On Her New Record “Jubilee”

The Brooklyn-based musician and writer Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast, explores themes of joy on her latest record. Following the release of her memoir and two records dealing with loss and grieving, the singer is moving onto new things. NBHAP author Liv Toerkell met the artist for a video chat to talk about working through grief and finding optimism and hope.
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The Benefit Of Lockdown Dynamics: Black Midi Unravel Their Furious Second LP “Cavalcade”

Following their triumphant first impact with their 2019 debut "Schlagenheim" British 'hard-to-define'- guitar rockers Black Midi are about to return with an even wilder follow-up these days. This band continues to fascinate the listener with their artistic determination and their impressive musical qualities. Created in during the lockdown and without guitarist Matt Kwasniewski-Kevin who took a break from the band "Cavalcade" is a triumphant return. NBHAP author Tamsin Paternoster phoned up the band to talk about the record.
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With A Sword And A Shield: Dawn Richard On “Second Line” And Discrimination In The Industry

Dawn Richard has experienced all the different stages of being a recording artist. In her own words: “I went from severe mainstream pop culture to being in a rap group with my boss worth 800 million to then being poor, living on a sofa to then being an indie artist to then sign to an indie rock label so like the levels of that – no one could’ve helped me there.” Her latest record "Second Line: An Electro Revival" is gracing the world this week and NBHAP author Anna Stich got the chance to talk to the unique artist in advance.
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