It is not hard to imagine French indie pop darlings Phoenix sitting in a room together. Ideas bubbling. Song sketches effortlessly turning into a bigger picture and the four longtime friends and (soul) brothers spending hours getting lost in the joy of playing music together. All while their music is doing the talking and a subconscious understanding kicks in. With their seventh album to date, Phoenix have returned with a refined and charming sound on "Alpha Zulu". A conversation about the value and stimulating effect of art, the privilege of recording inside a museum and the most rewarding moments of making music together after over two decades.
Every month, we publish a round up of reviews of recent releases that moved us in the past weeks. These are personal takes on hand-curated gems our team dug up (and the occasional chart topper). This time with First Aid Kit, Phoenix, The Haunted Youth, John Moods, Warhaus, Weyes Blood, Bad Hammer and EVÎN. Which one is your favorite?
Cleverly timed nostalgia, a true second coming or just pure coincidence? Some of the most loved indie rock groups from the golden heydays of the early 21st century are set to return with new records this year. NBHAP head and original ‘survivor’ of the indie scene, Norman Fleischer, gives an overview of what to expect in the next months.
The 2020 holiday season will be a bit different than the last ones, a bit more lonely maybe for many of us or at least a bit more intimate. And maybe that's not the worst thing to happen in order to return to the core of the Christmas spirit. As always music can be a helpful ally in a time of despair and that's why we stocked up our moody festive playlist with great songs by some of your and our favourite artists. May this selection help you to get through this bleak winter time.
The sunny season has officially started and you can count on NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION to give you the best possible soundtrack for it. For this year's restart of our beloved sun-drenched playlist we got a bit help from one of electronic music's hottest new people in the scene.