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July 16, 2014 Today's Sense of Place: Iceland session features Arnalds, who creates sweeping neoclassical music.
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December 24, 2013 Often, great words are the secret ingredient in great songs: the emotion, the insight, the connection hidden beneath the surface. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares the lyrics that caught his ear this year.
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Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.
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December 16, 2013 The host of All Songs Considered shares the albums he loved this year. Many of Bob Boilen's favorite albums of 2013 were danceable. Many were intimate. Some managed to be both at once.
May 7, 2013 This performance at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge re-imagines the Icelandic musician's magnificent work with a small orchestra: 28 musicians known as Ensemble LPR, along with guest Arnor Dan.
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Clockwise from upper left: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of Boy, Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, Vampire Weekend, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag
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March 26, 2013 On this edition of All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some final discoveries from this year's South by Southwest music festival, including the British noise-rock group Savages and the Swiss-German pop duo Boy.
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May 25, 2010 This edition of All Songs Considered features the song "Tell 'Em," from Sleigh Bells' heavily hyped album Treats. Also on the show: one-man chillwave band Toro Y Moi, innocent but edgy music from Secret Cities, evocative instrumental sounds from Accordion, Icelandic neo-classical artist Olafur Arnalds, the British punk-pop group Buzzcocks and Chicago's Light Pollution. Also, soul singer Bettye LaVette covers some well-known rock classics.
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September 4, 2008 Variations of Static, the new EP from Iceland's Olafur Arnalds, is one of the saddest collections of songs you'll hear this year. Arnalds' mostly instrumental songs, which fall somewhere between contemporary classical and experimental electronica, are gorgeously textured sketches with as much restrained hope as melancholia.
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