Another year goes by and it was... well, definitely different than the last one but still quite weird. The second consecutive Covid year was a rollercoaster ride of emotions where hope and despair went hand in hand and we're surely finished yet. Luckily, this resulted in quite outstanding musical releases which gave us much needed comfort and distraction in these difficult times. Today, we're honouring the fifty records that meant the most to us in the past twelve months.
It's been a turbulent and confusing year in many ways. But there's one thing the second pandemic year in a row hasn't been lacking of: plenty of good music to get us through these months of uncertainty between hope and despair. And for those of you who might have lost track in the daily storm of new releases we got you covered once again with a mighty list that includes those tracks that we'll connect with 2021 forever
A time of fundamental crisis tends to create impressive art and right now there’s an incredible amount of exciting new bands that take elements of previous independent rock incarnations and adds a modern twist to it. Maybe the age of creating band hypes is over but NBHAP author Norman tried it anyway and invites all fellow old “indie heads” like him to jump on this bandwagon.
A much needed fresh approach for guitar music is happening in the UK right now, freed from any hit single expectations and conventional genre limitations. With the furious energy of their debut album "For The First Time" the seven-piece from London is leading this new movement with stubborn determination. NBHAP author Tamsin Paternoster spoke with the band and took a closer look at the Black Country, New Road microcosm.
Every Friday music fans are faced with the same burning question: What to listen to from the sheer endless sea of new albums, EPs and other releases? Don't worry, the people of NBHAP are here to help you with that. Our very own "Release Radar" gives you a quick overview on the music that matters the most this week.
The beloved German festival institution continues to grow and evolve. Something that might call for criticical reflection as we think. Apart from that our editors Louisa Zimmer, Henning Grabow and Norman Fleischer still managed to discover great new artists and bands you should really fall in love with.