When thinking about putting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to music on Voices, Max Richter tried to capture the essence of "the world we haven't made yet."
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On her first album, Rina Sawayama blends metal and pop and tackles serious issues."It was such a risk to be a musician that I didn't want to do fluffy pop songs and hope it cut through," she says.
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Inspired by a Maya Angelou book, Laura Marling's new album Song For Our Daughter is about a generation of younger women and "the idea of a maternal lineage," she says.
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"I feel like I've always been referencing back to those dark childlike adventure stories," Natasha Khan says of the '80s films that inspired the latest Bat for Lashes album, Lost Girls.
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Noted for its sharp commentary on race, identity, sex and politics, Noname's album, Room 25, was one of the most critically-acclaimed records of last year.
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