The Danish pianist Eik Octobre, born Emil Skovsgaard Christensen, has been navigating the precipice of his sentimentality for several years now, and it is intimately linked to his creations. His pieces are steeped in melancholia but their mellow piano melodies often get them demoted to background music. Anna Stich spoke to the artist about his relationship to emotions and his musical genre.
From much loved favourites like Angel Olsen, Bill Callahan, Ólafur Arnalds, Fenne Lily or Adrianne Lenker right to brand new talents like CATT, Le Ren, Sand Co., Vaarin and Maya Hawke. These 100 tracks are fitting companions for the upcoming Covid winter days.
It seems like the term Neo-Classic is on everyones lips today. Altough many people have heard of this special genre, most of them only regard it as background music without bothering about what's really hidden behind. To show the world that this beautiful music is much more than only a background soundtrack, NBHAP editor Miriam Wallbaum decided to talk to two Neo-Classic pioneers about the scene: Germany's Martin Kohlstedt and Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds.
Another year full of releases has passed and at the end of it it's time to recap the best of them like we always do when then the year is about to close its curtain. So, without further ado please find the fifty albums that impressed us the most during the past 12 months right here and feel happily invited to fall in love with them as well.