Culture

  • Olivia Ruiz: "I have a duty to remember"

    By on Jan. 16, 2017

    From La femme chocolat to her latest album, À nos Corps-Aimants, Olivia Ruiz has designed her own multifaceted silhoutte, capable of picking up and then discarding styles and entire genres at will. But there is one influence which does seem to stick around: her Spanish origins, and the story of her immigrant family.

  • Where is our generation's Bob Dylan?

    By on Dec. 19, 2016

    We look back at this year with a global face-palm and a universal sigh of exasperation. Instead of singing about reform and revolution, our generation has chosen memes and parodies as a coping mechanism. Why are we moving farther away from traditional protest music? [OPINION] 

  • Archive: "You can't do 20 years of pure misery"

    By on Dec. 13, 2016

    Along with Massive Attack and Portishead, they’re one of the most important trip-hop bands of all time, and 20 years later Archive is one of the only groups left standing. But at what cost? We spoke to bandmembers Danny Griffiths and Dave Pen about how they stay positive in the face of Brexit and Donald Trump...

  • Crystal Fighters: "Brexit won't make such a difference"

    By on Nov. 25, 2016

    The story of the Crystal Fighters has long been shrouded in myth, one that the English band has been toying with for the duration of their three album releases. Long believed to be Spanish, this young and successful band are not fazed by the misrepresentation of their identities. They love the Basque and British cultures equally - even after the shock of Brexit...

  • Electric Brother: Live in surround sound

    By on Nov. 15, 2016

    Electric Brother is a pioneer of Romanian electronic/live music, with influences varying from traditional, ancient folk to modern experimental music, and was the first Romanian musician invited to play the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003. Now he's releasing his latest album, ROCKS, in a one-off "listening party" in a Bucharest cinema using a Dolby Atmos surround sound system.

  • Garbage: "Europe has learnt tolerance out of necessity"

    By on Nov. 8, 2016

    When American-Scottish rock band Garbage released their first album in 1995, a Clinton was in the White House. Now, as they tour Europe after the release of their latest album Strange Little Birds, history could be about to repeat itself. We talk to guitarist Steve Marker and bass player Duke Erikson about politics, making an independent record and (of course) James Bond...

  • Agnes Obel: the Danish singer made of glass and steel

    By on Oct. 26, 2016

    The Danish singer and composer's new album Citizens of Glass combines sounds that are hypnotising, calming, disturbing and thought-provoking. We met Agnes Obel, the artist who feels like she is made of glass. 

  • Wax Tailor: "What does Europe really mean?"

    By on Oct. 17, 2016

    One of the most anglophone French artists of his generation is releasing his fifth album, conceived somewhere between New York and Los Angeles. Back in France for a European tour, Wax Tailor was ready to give us his opinion on the hot topics of the moment: Brexit, political change, and terrorism.

  • Bob Dylan: Should musicians win the Nobel Prize?

    By on Oct. 14, 2016

    Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" - the first time the Swedish Academy has given the prize to an artist who isn't primarily a writer. Is it pandering to popular culture, or an understanding of the broadness of the literary genre? 

  • Alsarah: "I'm not an activist, but I sing to the activists"

    By on Sept. 29, 2016

    Forced to leave her native Sudan at a very young age, Sarah Mohamed Abunama-Elgadi - better known as Alsarah - uses music as a way to stay connected to her heritage and culture. As her band, the Nubatones, release their latest album, we talk to Alsarah about what it's like to sing in Arabic to a Western audience.