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Top row: Death Cab For Cutie; middle row, left to right: Laura Marling, Asaf Avidan, Ibeyi; bottom row: Modest Mouse Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this week's All Songs Considered we hear from some favorite veteran artists and incredible newcomers, including Modest Mouse's first new record in eight years, Death Cab for Cutie's first record made with an outside producer, and the shattering young psychedelic rockers Sunflower Bean.

Also on the show: Folk singer Laura Marling goes big and electric; we hear the unimaginable voice of Israeli songwriter Asaf Avidan from his first official U.S. release and the 19 year-old twin sisters who write and record as Ibeyi.

But first, the really important stuff: We review the things Tom Petty doesn't want you to do and what Meat Loaf would do for love. You can hear that discussion at the audio link above, and listen to each of this week's featured songs below.


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New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Songs Featured On This Episode

Cover for Strangers to Ourselves

Modest Mouse

  • Song: Coyotes
  • from Strangers to Ourselves

It's been eight years since we last got a new Modest Mouse record. But this year the band is returning with a new album and it sounds like no time has passed at all. Strangers to Ourselves arrives at long last on March 3.

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02False Hope

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Laura Marling

  • Song: False Hope
  • from Short Movie

On "False Hope," British songwriter Laura Marling moves effortlessly from acoustic to electric with a bolder sound. The soon-to-be-25-year-old, who chose to self-produce her upcoming album, will release Short Movie on March 24.

Cover for Ibeyi

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Ibeyi

  • Song: Ghosts

Ibeyi is a duo featuring twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. Their father was the late Anga Díaz, a famed percussionist with Buena Vista Social Club. As Ibeyi, the sisters mix traditional Latin rhythms with subtle handclaps, piano and electronics for a warm and welcoming sound. Ibeyi's self-titled debut album is out Feb. 17.

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01Tame Impala

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Sunflower Bean

  • Song: Tame Impala
  • from Show Me Your Seven Secrets

New York-based psychedelic trio Sunflower Bean get heavy on their very first record, with the crunchy new track "Tame Impala." It's named after Australian rockers Tame Impala (a band that did their own song called "Led Zeppelin"). Sunflower Bean was one of Bob's top discoveries from CMJ last fall.

Cover for Gold Shadow

Asaf Avidan

  • Song: The Labyrinth Song
  • from Gold Shadow

He may be a platinum artist in Israel, but American listeners are still discovering the 34-year-old songwriter with a voice that Bob and Robin describe as part Bob Dylan, part Billie Holiday. On Gold Shadow, Asaf Avidan's first official U.S. release, the singer jumps from arrangements that sound like '60s era Bond movie themes to stripped-down acoustic tracks like the "The Labyrinth Song."

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Song
Gold Shadow
Album
Gold Shadow
Artist
Asaf Avidan
Label
Universal
Released
2015

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