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New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

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New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

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New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

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Clockwise from upper left: The Black Keys, Tiny Ruins, Winged Victory For The Sullen, Dylan Shearer Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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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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02Minuet For A Cheap Piano No. 1

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Minuet For A Cheap Piano No. 1

  • from Atomos VII
  • by A Winged Victory for the Sullen

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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03A Little God In My Hands

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    A Little God In My Hands
    Album
    To Be Kind
    Artist
    Swans
    Label
    Young God/Mute
    Released
    2014

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A Little God In My Hands

  • from To Be Kind
  • by Swans

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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02Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)

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

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Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)

  • from Garagearray
  • by Dylan Shearer

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

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Garagearray
Album
Garagearray
Artist
Dylan Shearer
Label
Castleface
Released
2014

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07Ballad of the Hanging Parcel

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Ballad of the Hanging Parcel

  • from Brightly Painted One
  • by Tiny Ruins

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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06Boy Racers

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

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Boy Racers

  • from Love Letters
  • by Metronomy

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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Love Letters
Album
Love Letters
Artist
Metronomy
Label
Elektra / Wea
Released
2014

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04Fever

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Fever

  • from Turn Blue
  • by The Black Keys

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.