Lesley Barth - Interview for Slow Culture by Marc Louis-Boyard - picture by Harish Pathak

Lesley Barth (Big Time Baby, out now) – ITW #22

Big Time Baby is Lesley Barth’s second album. Until a few months ago, we didn’t know much about Americana outside of a few segments of Brian Wilson‘s Smile. And then Jason McMahon came up in our universe, only to raise the bar really high.

Our enthusiasm for the genre is not likely to burn out with releases like Big Time Baby. This album comes like a warm summer wind made of honesty and modernity. Those searching for reheated emulated nostalgia will have to pass: Lesley Barth is here to dust off clichés and extinguish false pretenses.

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Portrait of Natalie Chami aka TALsounds by Maria Tzeka

TALsounds (for Acquiesce, out May 22nd) – ITW #21

Natalie Chami aka TALsounds releases Acquiesce on May 22nd with NNA Tapes. Intuitive by passion and organized by choice, her improvisatorial talents must be one of the best in the musical landscape today, jazz included.

This interview was given before the globalized crisis we’re in happened, and Natalie’s happy-go-lucky spirit, paired with her effervescent creativity, should be an inspiration for most.

To celebrate the release of Acquiesce, TALsounds will have a live-streamed record release show on May 22nd broadcasted on Twitch via Lumpen Radio.

Here’s our interview. An interview beyond the knobs, but hopefully never too far from them.

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Interview of Dan Knishkowy by Marc Louis-Boyard - Picture by Chris Bernabeo

Adeline Hotel (for Solid Love LP) – ITW #20

Adeline Hotel is a project led by Dan Knishkowy, with five musicians at its core. On Solid Love (out May 8 2020), four additional musicians enrich the experience.

Consider Solid Love like you’d consider a great companion. A solid presence, not craving for attention, not causing embarrassing drama.

Dan Knishkowy accepted to answer our questions about the intimate, warm jewel that is this new album.

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Main cover - Interview of Prima by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Prima (for Unplugged, Vol. 1) – ITW #19

Manchester-based musician Prima reinforces the city’s reputation in the field of creativity with talent and spontaneity. Her Unplugged, Vol. 1 (Live) was released at the end of 2019, but the need for such brilliant art never dies.

Skillfully oscillating between vibrating solo releases and notorious collaborations, we had many questions for Prima. She answered our interrogations with her sparkling spirit, always directed towards the future with a benevolent wink to the past.

Welcome to Prima’s colorful world, one note at a time.

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Interview of Samantha Fish by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Kaelan Barowsky

Samantha Fish (Kill or Be Kind now available) – ITW #18

Blues vocalist and guitarist Samantha Fish released the incredible Kill or Be Kind album in September 2019. Almost nine months after the initial release, the album lost nothing of his attractiveness and cultural value.

Since 2016, we interviewed many musicians, from dream pop to jazz to americana to post-punk. You get the idea: blues was terribly missing from our range, and we are honored to have exchanged a few words with Samantha. 

Samantha is a talented, ambitious, down to earth musician and we all have to learn from her discipline, openness and honesty. 

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Interview of Benjamin Devos for his book Human Fish

Benjamin DeVos (Human Fish now available) – ITW #17

Keep your friends close, and your friends closer, as they don’t say. We followed that principle anyway because having Benjamin DeVos around is something pleasant.

Before welcoming here Kevin Jackson again for his Why I Write, we are very pleased to share with you our interview of the writer of Human Fish, one of our major 2020 book discoveries (read our review here) Here’s the review, in case you’d like to see.

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