Roxana Neacsu received an invitation that would turn her New Year’s Eve into something magical. Her friend, Ioana, made a candid invitation: to meet in Paris, the city of love, and spend the last moments of the year together.
After an eventful 2023, in which the group released their debut full-length, Amsterdam indie rock quartet Loupe are quick to strike again. Their newest comes in the form of “Tested Waters,” an indie rock earworm that haunts as much as it drives. Devout female vocals fall against a smooth alternative soundscape distinctly marked by a string section that wastes no fretboard.
“When you start to find the answers you then realise that’s when the work actually begins – which is a little daunting and if I’m honest possibly not something I would have done had I not taken this path,” tells us photographer Jacqueline Giltrow in our exclusive interview. In it, we delve into the life of a woman who has embraced change and uncertainty, transforming them into inspiring experiences and artistic accomplishments.
What does it mean to be a woman? In her current work, In My Skin, photographer Anouk Brouwer explores exactly this question. Together with muse Maudi Broekhuis, they aim to send out a love letter to all women, as they are on a quest to discover the essence of being a woman.
Blue Monday has already passed, and with a gradual but inexorable lengthening of the day, slow but persistent, we make our way towards spring and towards summer. Perhaps for this reason, these moments stimulate summer longings, almost equidistant, and the smile of memories and desire in equal parts.
Singer-songwriter Cooper Phillip embodies this ethos in her latest single, “She’s A Player”. Cooper shares her insights, stating, “I wrote ‘She’s A Player’ about my journey to fall in love, only to discover that true empowerment and self-acceptance led me to the greatest love of all – the love within.” She adds, “After a period of introspection and transformation, I’ve come to understand my true self as an artist. I’m now focused on creating sincere music and addressing topics that truly resonate with me.”
“As we photographed, each frame seemed to evoke a sense of nostalgia, infusing our impromptu shoot with a timeless quality. The apartment space, once a backdrop, became a witness to the form of a beautiful creative collaboration, underscored only by the importance of capturing vulnerabilities and cherishing time spent.”
“I know how important it is to feel heard and understood, and to know you’re not alone in what you’re feeling so that’s my hope for my music. To be a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen.” These heartfelt words, captures the essence of Chance Peña’s approach to music. Hailing from Tyler, Texas, is a captivating storyteller who connects deeply with his fans through his songs.
Photographer Jeffrey Chan has once again brought us a beautiful new series, a mix of analog and digital, made with the beautiful Eva Rankin. “When the sun had still set later in the day, I had set up this shoot with British model Eva Rankin. I love a freckled face, and had been planning a pool side shoot for some time. I connected with a few friends in the LA area who then helped set up the location Thousand Oaks, and also called upon a sister-in-law duo to do makeup and hair.”
“Blood Rush is an intimate exploration of emotion I have felt at a specific moment in my life… Writing this EP was like diving into my abyss, attempting to express unfiltered what was happening there, what I felt, what my body felt.” With these words, Yorina invites us into her world. Her journey from a seamstress to a singer is a story of unexpected turns and artistic awakening, showcasing her ability to embrace change.
In the stunning snowy landscape of Banff National Park in Canada, photographers Gareth Paget and Ellen Borglund have collaborated with model Summer Lilah from Mode Models International to create a truly beautiful photo story.
“I met Leilani through Instagram some time ago because of her art: she is an amazing illustration and tattoo artist,” Rodrigo recalls. Their meeting, though virtual, sparked a profound connection. Leilani, with her lineage of art and science, carries the legacy of her grandfather, a scientist whose work danced along the fragile lines of the universe’s space-time continuum.
Enjoy the raw and unfiltered moments captured in this stunning photo series featuring Russian-Israeli actress Izabel Eidlen. Shot over a couple of days on film, these images reflect the essence of Tel Aviv’s unique energy and Izabel’s captivating presence.
“Back then, when I learned to play the guitar, I only wanted to be heard,” Bákayan shares, a soul whose journey from a child with a guitar to a notable electronic music visionary sums up a story of passion, patience, and cultural amalgamation. German-born, Turkish producer and vocalist, Burak Akkaya, known as Bákayan, is characterized by a deep commitment to artistic integrity and a philosophical connection to his cultural roots.
“The first time you read a book, that new book smells. The first time you shot with an analog camera. The first time you felt fear or laughed out loud. Your first kiss, the first letter, the first time you fell in love, the first time your heart was broken, and you swore you wouldn’t fall in love again but still did.”