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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.

A WHOLE-y Experience: How An All-Queer Festival Opened My Eyes To Our Destructed Culture

They say better late than never – so when summer calls its last afternoon sunshine to hide and lets autumn take over, we all know: from now on, it is time to hit the closed venues for concerts, parties and thrills. And while I enjoy the last rays of light on my body, a particular weekend in end of August still takes me back sometimes to when the base could be felt all night long – next to cranes and a beautiful lake. The WHOLE United Queer Festival is stuck in a part of my mind and the memories of the event are warm, yet puzzled. Mainly because it showed once more how stiff today’s society is.
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The Struggle And The Magic: John Grant’s Fearless Self-Exploration Of Love

Love is not a fairytale. It is definitely not the sweet, dreamy and safe place we are so often made believe it is all the time. The true reflection of it reveals a whole lot of other ingredients that are less flattering. When it comes to love, the beautiful disguise always seems more tempting than the actual great amount of work it usually requires. The magic only kicks in if you acknowledge that everything love has to offer has as much to do with the person in front of you as with yourself. 
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Time Off: Sea Moya On The Healthy Effect Of Isolation

Living entirely analogue and isolated from our digital information structures can be a challenge these days. But if you decide to go for it the results can be ultimately rewarding. German pyschedelic outfit Sea Moya went on that adventure when they decided to record their new album in an old cabin in the Italian Alps. On NBHAP the band writes about that very special experience that turned out to be quite rewarding on multiple levels.
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Flirting with the groove: Villagers on blending technology and creativity

Back in 2010 it didn't take us very long until we fell in love with Conor O'Briens heartfelt debut 'Becoming A Jackal'. Fast forward to 2018, O'Brien's songwriting hasn't lost any of its magic spell. In the vast ocean of songwriters, Conor O'Brien aka Villagers has been been swimming freely and ambitiously in his eclectic sonic realm while making four studio albums over the course of the past eight years.
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