Shearwater's new album, Fellow Travelers, comes out Nov. 26.
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November 17, 2013 Each of the 10 songs on Fellow Travelers pays tribute to an artist with whom Shearwater has toured. It's fascinating to hear the band function as a skeleton key that opens up the works of Xiu Xiu and Coldplay and St. Vincent alike.
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Clockwise from top: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, Marisa Anderson
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November 5, 2013 On this week's essential mix we share a rare, previously unreleased cut from The Beatles. We also hear how James Blake was inspired to write this year's amazing "Retrograde," cover tunes from Colin Meloy and Shearwater, a new Bee-Gees styled cut from Broken Bells and more.
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Clockwise from upper left: Sharon Van Etten, Boards Of Canada, Thundercat, Natasha Kmeto
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May 28, 2013 After teasing fans for weeks with a mysterious promotion scheme, the Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada has finally released a new song. Hear it on this week's All Songs Considered, along with a Sharon Van Etten-Shearwater duet, the funktacular Thundercat, folk singer Laura Veirs and more.
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Shearwater's new album, Animal Joy, comes out Feb. 14.
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February 5, 2012 Shearwater's songs about man's relationship with nature boom and swoop with epic grace and grandeur. The new Animal Joy pairs singer Jonathan Meiburg's brainy proclamations with brawny, searching arrangements.
Clockwise from top left: Sleigh Bells, Stew, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater.
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December 29, 2011 We look at some of the music coming out in the first few months of 2012 and play a dozen new songs from musicians including Sleigh Bells, Craig Finn, Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten.
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A lovely nature song, Shearwater's "Hidden Lakes" is as graceful and vulnerable as the world it describes.
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March 19, 2010 Shearwater makes epic, artful, bracing rock out of unlikely ingredients. The resulting concoctions are known to explode into bellowing catharsis, courtesy of singer Jonathan Meiburg and his crack band. But Shearwater's most blistering moments coexist nicely with the portentously brooding, fearlessly serious likes of "Hidden Lakes," from The Golden Archipelago.
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February 22, 2010 On this edition of All Songs Considered, we hear a cut from Fela Kuti's stunning 1972 album Shakara, plus Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure and kora player Toumani Diabate, Shearwater's dramatic new concept record, electronic musician Eluvium, Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose, the haunting sounds of Richard Skelton, and some incredible new guitar-rock from The Archie Bronson Outfit.
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February 7, 2010 Shearwater's delicate, dramatic new album, The Golden Archipelago, wasn't built for earbuds or tinny car stereos: This is immersive, artful music, meant to be examined in-depth from every angle. The album will stream at NPR Music in its entirety for the two weeks leading up to its release on Feb. 23.
June 22, 2009 If you love seeing live concerts, chances are you've gone to shows where the clinking beer bottles and incessant crowd chatter were louder than the music. After seeing the soft spoken Laura Gibson lose out to a noisy audience during a show in Austin, TX, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson came up with a novel solution: They invited Gibson to play at the NPR Music offices, specifically Bob Boilen's desk, launching what's now called the Tiny Desk Concert series.
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February 12, 2009 Led by former Okkervil River member Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater possesses a rich, haunting and musically diverse sound. Last year's Rook is packed with careful, atmospheric arrangements and soothing, dreamlike vocals.
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December 23, 2008 Naturally, no year-end music list can be definitive, just as it's impossible to rate a year in music using purely objective measures of quality. So here are the 10 albums that Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson treasured the most in 2008.
November 14, 2008 We've come up with many excuses to have artists play Tiny Desk Concerts. Usually, it's just an opportunity to bring in artists who haven't gotten as much of our attention as we'd like to give them.
June 26, 2008 The Austin-based band, led by a part-time ornithologist, gave its new album a surprisingly appropriate title: Rook. Frontman Jonathan Meiburg and company bring their painstaking, beautiful songcraft (and birding obsessions) to WNYC's studios.
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June 15, 2008 Led by the breathtaking falsetto of singer Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater plays dramatic songs that are at once majestic and intimate. The Austin band brings this sonic thrill ride to Washington, D.C., for a full concert, webcast live on NPR.org.
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June 3, 2008 Esquire music critic Andy Langer surveys the week's new CD releases, from Journey, Dr. John, Shearwater, and Weezer.
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