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We here at NARC have decided we’d end 2015 with a fond look back at the year just gone, and who better to tell us than some people who’ve had an utterly fantastic year; and for whom 2016 is sure to be just as exciting.

We start with the wonderfully talented, original songwriter with a gift for electronics, heavy drone and folk influenced looped vocals; the charming Nathalie Stern.

So Nathalie, how was your 2015?
Very excellent, thank you. Lots of change, fun stuff and gigs. Win all round, I’d say.

What was your best moment of the year?

Going to Austin, Texas, for SXSW with a bunch of mates was a clear highlight. Swiftly followed by buying a new house, but it loses a few points cos moving is such a pain. And it’s leaky.

Your worst moment of the year?

The never-ending water leaks in our house. It’s a total drag.

Your favourite band of 2015?

Whiskey Shivers at SXSW. Awesome speed country and handsome men.

Your favourite song of 2015?

All of Des Ark‘s new album Everything Dies. She has a way to wrench your heart like a wet old rag.

Your favourite film of 2015?

Aw man, this is hard. I was about to say Interstellar but a quick Google tells me it came out 2014. This year I really enjoyed Birdman, Whiplash and It Follows. I’m going to see Star Wars on Sunday, so that might usurp all of the above.

Your favourite gig of 2015?

Thee Oh Sees in the pouring rain, amps squealing and smoking from the water pouring down and people stage diving even though this was outside on a pavement under a piece of tarpaulin. This was at….yes, you guessed it, at SXSW. Austin. Texas. And it was awesome.

Finally, what’s 2016 got in store for you?

More solo gigs and a bit of lo-fi DIY recording. Also more gigs with my gentle party band Kissed. And jamming out some new tunes with partner in crime, Mr Graham Wales of Mansions of Glory. Should be a good’un!


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