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New Mix: Psych Pop And Gritty Rock From John Grant, Dilly Dally, More
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New Mix: Psych Pop And Gritty Rock From John Grant, Dilly Dally, More

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New Mix: Psych Pop And Gritty Rock From John Grant, Dilly Dally, More

New Mix: Psych Pop And Gritty Rock From John Grant, Dilly Dally, More
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Clockwise from upper left: Dilly Dally, Marian McLaughlin, Pell, John Grant

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Good luck getting these tunes out of your head.

Host Bob Boilen kicks off this week's All Songs Considered with new music by Pell, a rapper and songwriter who garnered well-deserved attention for his first mixtape, and is back in a big way with production help from TV On the Radio's Dave Sitek. That's followed by a bizarre and relatable introspection from John Grant, a twisting Beatles-esque tune from the Danish trio Slaughter Beach and the "Misguided Light" of Younghusband. From there we enter the enchanted forest of the mind of Marian McLaughin and co-host Robin Hilton leaves us with "Desire" from Toronto outfit Dilly Dally.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Monday Morning
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    Monday Morning
    Album
    Limbo
    Artist
    Pell
    Label
    Federal Prism Records, LLC
    Released
    2015

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Pell

  • Song: Monday Morning
  • from Limbo

Pell, a rapper and songwriter who relocated to Jackson, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, enlisted producer Dave Sitek of TV On the Radio to help create the memorable hooks and unshakable earworms on Pell's forthcoming album Limbo. His 2014 mixtape Floating While Dreaming has already earned 19 million listens on Spotify.

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02Grey Tickles, Black Presure
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    Grey Tickles, Black Presure
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    Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
    Artist
    John Grant
    Label
    Bella Union
    Released
    2015

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John Grant

  • Song: Grey Tickles, Black Presure
  • from Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

John Grant reflects on the everyday struggle to maintain perspective with a twisted sense of humor, catchy octave jumps and poignant observations about hemorrhoid cream commercials. The Colorado transplant, now based in Iceland, releases his idiosyncratic third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, on Oct. 9.

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Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
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Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Artist
John Grant
Label
Bella Union
Released
2015

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01Introvert
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    Introvert
    Album
    Love/Venice
    Artist
    Slaughter Beach
    Label
    Brilliance
    Released
    2015

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Slaughter Beach

  • Song: Introvert
  • from Love/Venice

The accents of this Danish trio all but disappear on a track from its upcoming EP Love/Venice. What emerges is a walking chord progression and a slaying guitar line that transports listeners right back to Sgt. Pepper's.

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Love/Venice
Album
Love/Venice
Artist
Slaughter Beach
Label
Brilliance
Released
2015

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08Misguided Light
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    Misguided Light
    Album
    Dissolver
    Artist
    Younghusband
    Label
    ATP Recordings
    Released
    2015

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Younghusband

  • Song: Misguided Light
  • from Dissolver

With vocals reminiscent of a young David Gilmour, Younghusband continue the '60s psych-pop tradition. The London foursome is following up its 2013 debut, Dromes, with Dissolver, coming Oct. 30.

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Dissolver
Album
Dissolver
Artist
Younghusband
Label
ATP Recordings
Released
2015

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01Even Magic Falters
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Marian McLaughlin

  • Song: Even Magic Falters
  • from Spirit House

What do Gandalf, Houdini and Merlin have in common? They all appear in the lyrics to songs on Marian McLaughlin's magical new album Spirit House. Filled with sparse sections of nylon-stringed guitar and booming passages of orchestral whimsy by arranger and double bassist Ethan Foote, "Even Magic Falters" captures the enchanting wizardry of McLaughlin.

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01Desire
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    Desire
    Album
    Sore
    Artist
    Dilly Dally
    Label
    Partisan
    Released
    2015

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Dilly Dally

  • Song: Desire
  • from Sore

Contrary to its name, Dilly Dally's sound is powerful and to the point. On "Desire" from its forthcoming album Sore, out Oct. 9, Kate Monk and Liz Ball count in to a tune that captures the essence of life in your early twenties with permeating vocals, thick guitars and dragging drums.

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Sore
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Sore
Artist
Dilly Dally
Label
Partisan
Released
2015

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