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New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More
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New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More

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New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More

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Clockwise from upper left: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, Jolie Holland

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On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton ask big questions about the world we live in via new music from the singer known as EMA, a head-turning cut from the young country crooner Sturgill Simpson and more.

EMA's beat-heavy "Neruomancer" takes a critical look at the state of humanity in a world dominated by narcissistic social media and virtual realties. Sturgill Simpson's "Turtles All The Way Down" is a strange and transfixing ode to other dimensions, space, time, reptile alien autopsies and other curiosities in his endless search for meaning in the universe. They're probably not the first things you think of when considering contemporary country music.

Not everything on the show is so existential. There's a gorgeous, soaring new song from The Antlers; idiosyncratic folk singer Jolie Holland decides to plug-in her guitar; The San Francisco-based band Papercuts has a sweetly shimmering piano pop song full of hope and wistful melancholy and French orchestra-pop artist Yann Tiersen returns with a batch of broody tunes that start small and dark, but bloom into big and bright wonder.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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06Neuromacer
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    Song
    Neuromacer
    Album
    The Future's Void
    Artist
    EMA
    Label
    City Slang
    Released
    2014

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Neuromancer

  • from The Future's Void
  • by EMA

EMA is otherwise known as Erika M. Anderson, a singer originally from South Dakota who makes bold, beat-heavy pop. On this song she takes a critical look at social media, virtual reality and other trappings of modern living.

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Song
The Future's Void
Album
The Future's Void
Artist
EMA
Label
City Slang
Released
2014

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01Turtles All The Way Down
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    Song
    Turtles All The Way Down
    Album
    Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
    Artist
    Sturgill Simpson
    Label
    High Top Mountain Records
    Released
    2014

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Turtles All The Way Down

  • from Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  • by Sturgill Simpson

Think you don't care for contemporary country music? Sturgill Simpson will make you think again. The 35 year-old singer and modern-day philosopher from Kentucky takes surprising sonic and lyrical turns on his latest album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, due out May 13.

Read an Ann Powers interview with Sturgill Simpson and see a video for this song.

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Song
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Album
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Artist
Sturgill Simpson
Label
High Top Mountain Records

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01Palace
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    Palace
    Album
    Familiars
    Artist
    The Antlers
    Label
    Anti/Epitaph
    Released
    2014

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Palace

  • from Familiars
  • by The Antlers

The Antlers make music more for the heart and the brain than the feet. This cut from the Brooklyn-based band is a gorgeous, soaring ode to innocence. Familiars is scheduled for release on June 17.

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Familiars
Album
Familiars
Artist
The Antlers
Label
Anti/Epitaph

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03Dark Days
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    Dark Days
    Album
    Wine Dark Sea
    Artist
    Jolie Holland
    Label
    Anti
    Released
    2014

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Dark Days

  • from Wine Dark Sea
  • by Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland has spent the past 15 years making heartfelt acoustic folk. But on her latest album, she plugs in and turns her trademark sound upside down. Wine Dark Sea is due out May 20.

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Wine Dark Sea
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Wine Dark Sea
Artist
Jolie Holland
Label
Anti

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01Still Knocking At the Door
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    Still Knocking At the Door
    Album
    Life Among the Savages
    Artist
    Papercuts
    Label
    Memphis Industries
    Released
    2014

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Still Knocking At the Door

  • from Life Among the Savages
  • by Papercuts

Papercuts is the San Francisco-based musical project of multi-instrumentalist Jason Quever. His latest bedroom recording, Life Among The Savages, is out May 6.

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Life Among the Savages
Album
Life Among the Savages
Artist
Papercuts
Label
Memphis Industries
Released
2014

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03A Midsummer Evening
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    A Midsummer Evening
    Album
    Infinity
    Artist
    Yann Tiersen
    Label
    Mute
    Released
    2014

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Midsummer Evening

  • from Infinity
  • by Yann Tiersen

French artist Yann Tiersen makes musical curiosities with an always eclectic mix of instrumentation, crafting worlds where strange and surprising sounds can play together. His latest album is scheduled for release on May 19.

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