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New Mix: Breakthroughs By Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Big Thief, More

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New Mix: Breakthroughs By Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Big Thief, More

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New Mix: Breakthroughs By Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Big Thief, More

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Clockwise from upper left: Big Thief, Tim Hecker, The Coathangers, Car Seat Headrest Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share songs from a trio of bands on the verge of releasing breakthrough albums. Bob starts the show strong with a jaw-dropping new song from Car Seat Headrest called "Vincent," which we also featured as a First Watch. Robin follows that up with a song by Big Thief and later shares a new song from the best album yet by The Coathangers.

We also get a new track by sibling duo Follin, featuring the leaders of Cults and Guards; NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen drops by to share the lovely pop-punk of Tancred and Robin takes us out on the densely layered electronic music of Tim Hecker.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Vincent

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    Vincent
    Album
    Vincent (Single)
    Artist
    Car Seat Headrest
    Label
    Matador
    Released
    2016

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Car Seat Headrest

  • Song: Vincent
  • from Vincent (Single)

The magic that Will Toledo makes with his band Car Seat Headrest is captivating, in-your-face, epic and the kind of powerful music Robin could see people still being obsessed with ten years down the road. Bob likes it too.

"Vincent" is the first single from Teens of Denial, out later this spring on Matador Records.

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Vincent (Single)
Album
Vincent (Single)
Artist
Car Seat Headrest
Label
Matador
Released
2016

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01Masterpiece

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    Masterpiece
    Album
    Masterpiece (Single)
    Artist
    Big Thief
    Label
    Saddle Creek
    Released
    2016

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Big Thief

  • Song: Masterpiece
  • from Masterpiece (Single)

Big Thief's sound is tough, but not hard. Lead singer Adrianne Lenker says the title of this song and the group's debut album alludes to "the masterpiece of our very existence — life — and the struggle of an existence where everything folds back into itself."

"Masterpiece" is the lead single from Big Thief's forthcoming album, out in early summer on Saddle Creek.

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Masterpiece (Single)
Album
Masterpiece (Single)
Artist
Big Thief
Label
Saddle Creek
Released
2016

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01Bed Case

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    Bed Case
    Album
    Out of the Garden
    Artist
    Tancred
    Label
    Polyvinyl
    Released
    2016

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Tancred

  • Song: Bed Case
  • from Out of the Garden

Tancred is the solo project of Now, Now guitarist Jess Abbott. With her third release as a solo performer, Abbott has only refined her skills as a songwriter with pretty, catchy, pop punk.

Out Of The Garden is out April 1 on Polyvinyl Records.

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Out of the Garden
Album
Out of the Garden
Artist
Tancred
Label
Polyvinyl
Released
2016

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10Down Down

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    Down Down
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    Nosebleed Weekend
    Artist
    The Coathangers
    Label
    Suicide Squeeze
    Released
    2016

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The Coathangers

  • Song: Down Down
  • from Nosebleed Weekend

Atlanta trio the Coathangers began as a joke in 2006, but the group's music now certainly isn't one. The band celebrates its 10-year anniversary with Nosebleed Weekend, an album Robin ranks as the group's best so far.

Nosebleed Weekend is out April 15 on Suicide Squeeze.

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Nosebleed Weekend
Album
Nosebleed Weekend
Artist
The Coathangers
Label
Suicide Squeeze
Released
2016

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02Roxy

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    Roxy
    Album
    Roxy (Single)
    Artist
    Follin
    Label
    Father/Daughter Records
    Released
    2016

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Follin

  • Song: Roxy
  • from Roxy (Single)

Follin is the sibling duo of Madeline and Richie Follin, who are otherwise the leaders of the bands Cults and Guards, respectively. They rarely record together, but their debut single, "Roxy," sounds like the essence of both bands — a mix of pop and psychedelic twisted together.

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Roxy (Single)
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Roxy (Single)
Artist
Follin
Label
Father/Daughter Records
Released
2016

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08Castrati Stack

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    Album
    Love Streams
    Artist
    Tim Hecker
    Label
    4AD
    Released
    2016

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Tim Hecker

  • Song: Castrati Stack
  • from Love Streams

Tim Hecker may be known as an electronic composer, but that title does no justice to the complexity of his approach to playing with sound. On "Castrati Stack" he conjures woodwinds, a full choir and great layers of sound, then deconstructs and reassembles the layers as only he can.

Love Streams is out April 8 on 4AD.

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Love Streams
Album
Love Streams
Artist
Tim Hecker
Label
4AD
Released
2016

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