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Clockwise from upper left: The Black Keys, Tiny Ruins, Winged Victory For The Sullen, Dylan Shearer

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This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton play brand new cuts from springtime releases by the well-established and widely adored bands The Black Keys and Swans. Both songs are instantly recognizable: The Black Keys for their spare, punchy, guitar-based pop, and Swans for their epic, densely layered orchestrations.

Bob shares music by a New Zealand-based band called Tiny Ruins. That song's airy vocals and restrained instrumentation pair well with a pick from Robin: Dylan Shearer, who channels the folky, quiet side of Pink Floyd on a song called "Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)."

Also on the program: The strangely alluring electronica of London's Metronomy; and Robin mourns the loss his beloved Jayhawks suffered over the weekend in the NCAA basketball tournament with the soothing sounds of A Winged Victory For The Sullen.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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Minuet For A Cheap Piano No. 1

  • Artist: A Winged Victory for the Sullen
  • Album: Atomos VII

Composers Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie make up A Winged Victory for the Sullen. Together they create gorgeous, ambient music. This post-classical song is from their upcoming EP Atomos VII, out April 28 via Kranky.

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A Little God In My Hands

  • Artist: Swans
  • Album: To Be Kind

This song, from Swans' new album, To Be Kind, is explosive and densely layered. The album will be out on May 13.

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Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)

  • Artist: Dylan Shearer
  • Album: Garagearray

Hear an acoustic, daydreamy track by California native Dylan Shearer. His new album, Garagearray, will be released April 15.

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Song
Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)
Album
Garagearray
Artist
Dylan Shearer
Label
Castleface
Released
2014

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Ballad of the Hanging Parcel

  • Artist: Tiny Ruins
  • Album: Brightly Painted One

The lilting "Ballad of the Hanging Parcel" is filled with abstract imagery and beautiful, airy vocals. Tiny Ruins' album Brightly Painted One will be released May 13.

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Boy Racers

  • Artist: Metronomy
  • Album: Love Letters

Hear an off-kilter instrumental track by the London-based quartet, Metronomy. The band just released a new album called Love Letters.

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Song
Boy Racers
Album
Love Letters
Artist
Metronomy
Label
Elektra / Wea
Released
2014

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Fever

  • Artist: The Black Keys
  • Album: Turn Blue

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney make soulful, hard-hitting rock albums. The synth-heavy single "Fever" is from the duo's upcoming album, Turn Blue, which will be released May 13.

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