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New Mix: A Premiere From M. Ward, Julia Holter And More

Julia Holter (left), M. Ward (top right), Dry the River (bottom).

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This week on All Songs Considered, M. Ward puts his many side projects aside to record a new solo album — one that explores the moody songwriter's cheerier side. A Wasteland Companion isn't out until April, but we've got an exclusive sneak preview of the song "Primitive Girl."

Also on the show: no-frills blues-rock from Ohio's Mount Carmel, a snowballing slow-burner from London's Dry the River and shoegazey pop from Minnesota's Now, Now (whose members met in marching band). Plus, Julia Holter and Tiny Victories get playful with the tools and conventions of electronic music, and a CD picked solely for its cover art turns out to be from NPR's own backyard.

New Mix: M. Ward, Julia Holter, Dry The River And More

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Mount Carmel

  • Album: Real Women
  • Song: Swaggs

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Swaggs
Album
Real Women
Artist
Mount Carmel
Label
Siltbreeze
Released
2012

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Dry the River

  • Album: Shallow Bed
  • Song: Lion's Den

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Lion's Den
Album
Shallow Bed
Artist
Dry the River
Label
RCA
Released
2012

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Now, Now

  • Album: Threads
  • Song: Prehistoric

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Prehistoric
Album
Threads
Artist
Now, Now
Label
Trans-
Released
2012

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Julia Holter

  • Album: Ekstasis
  • Song: Für Felix

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Office of Future Plans

  • Album: Office of Future Plans
  • Song: Harden Your Heart

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Harden Your Heart
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Office of Future Plans
Artist
Office of Future Plans
Label
Dischord Records
Released
2011

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Tiny Victories

  • Album: Those Of Us Still Alive EP
  • Song: Mr. Bones

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