Keith Urban on travelling at the ‘Speed of Now’
25 July 2020 | 8:38 am
The multi Grammy award-winning musician catches up with us in an existential mood, reflecting on the nature of time as he releases his latest album "The Speed of Now". We talk about the artistic paralysis he felt at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, and how living in the moment is a cure for all sorts of ills. Urban tells us about starting out in Nashville as a country singer with an Aussie accent, and how different musical styles have always made their way into his sound.
Swedish musician Peter Von Poehl came in to tell us about his new album "Memories From Saint-Forget". Prior to the pandemic, he was supposed to have gone to China to work on a musical but instead ended up putting together his fifth album in the suburbs of ParisWe also look at new music by Angélique Kidjo, Carla Lucianni and Lorde.
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