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.
From time to time we invite befriended artists to reflect on records that have significantly shaped their understanding of music as such. Having just released his eighth studio album with Strand Of Oaks, frontman Tim Showalter felt it too difficult a task pinning down his love for just one specific record and instead decided to muse on the world-building virtue several albums have for him – and pleads a strong case for appreciating albums as a whole.
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 roundup gives you a quick overview on the music that matters the most this week.
Reflection time, girls and boys. As the year is heading for its final moments we take a moment to look back on the best songs of 2019. These are the fifty tunes you should definitely know before this decade ends, so hurry up and have a listen.
In many ways, the sixth studio album by Timothy Showalter aka Strand Of Oaks is a turning point for him in many ways. It's a personal confrontation with his own demons on one side and a huge step forward in terms of quality and songwriting on the other. 'Weird Ways' is the six-minute long opening epos and it's without any doubt one of 2019's most beautiful songs. For us, the songwriter recalls the story behind it in his own words.
How to keep an overview about the countless new releases that surface on a daily basis? NBHAP's staff provides guidance and introduces you to the five most essential new tracks that showed up on our radar over the past weeks.