New Mix: Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself : All Songs Considered On this week's show: Songs about facing fears, being true to yourself and not worrying what everyone else thinks, plus an interview with singer Angel Olsen about her surprising new single.
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New Mix: Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself

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New Mix: Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself

New Mix: Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself

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Clockwise from upper left: River Whyless, Hannah Georgas, Angel Olsen, Ages And Ages Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this week's All Songs Considered, we play songs about facing fears, being true to yourself and not worrying about what everyone else thinks, plus a new song from Angel Olsen and a conversation with her about her surprising new sound.

Robin Hilton opens with an introspective pop gem from the Portland, Ore. band Ages And Ages inspired by the ephemeral nature of nearly everything. Bob Boilen follows with a sonic adventure from the Asheville, N.C. folk group River Whyless.

Also on the show: Bed., another Portland band, has an ode to being free and escaping the comforts of home; The D.C. band Paperhaus has a fierce new single with some mind-blowing drumming and singer Hannah Georgas takes a simple piano ballad and turns it into a syncopated wonder with pulsing horns.

But first, Bob settles back in after a month on the road while Robin tries to put on a new face with a coffee mug that might just change his whole outlook on life.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01They Want More

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Ages And Ages

  • Song: They Want More
  • from Something To Ruin

We first fell in love with Ages And Ages when the group released the album Divisionary in 2014, which included the beautiful and incredibly inspiring song, "Do The Right Thing." The Portland, Ore. band is back with this song from its more introspective followup Something To Ruin, due out Aug. 19.

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03All Day All Night

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    All Day All Night
    Album
    We All The Light
    Artist
    River Whyless
    Label
    Roll Call Records
    Released
    2016

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River Whyless

  • Song: All Day All Night
  • from We All The Light

River Whyless is based out of Asheville, N.C., where the quartet makes largely acoustic folk-based music. On its new album, We All The Light, this talented group of songwriters stretches its style with some surprising new instrumentation.

Cover for My Woman

01Intern

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Angel Olsen

  • Song: Intern
  • from My Woman

Angel Olsen teased this song with a video last week, but we soon learned it's from her upcoming album, My Woman. "Intern" opens the album and seems to signal a shift from Olsen's rock roots toward a synth-based, dream pop sound. Listen to the full show with the link above or download the All Songs podcast to hear Angel Olsen tell us why she chose to share this song first from the album.

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01Billy Joel

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    Billy Joel
    Album
    Klickitat
    Artist
    bed.
    Label
    ADA
    Released
    1969

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Bed.

  • Song: Billy Joel
  • from Klickitat

Bed. is otherwise known as Sierra and Alex Haager, a husband-wife duo from Portland, Ore. They've been trickling songs out for the past couple of years but recently released their first official EP, which includes this song, inspired in part by Billy Joel's "Moving Out (Anthony's Song)."

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Klickitat
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Klickitat
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bed.
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ADA

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01Silent Speaking

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Paperhaus

  • Song: Silent Speaking
  • from Silent Speaking (Single)

This dizzying new single from the DC-based Paperhaus, led by Alex Tebeleff, is a fierce, propulsive showcase for guest drummer Ian McColm.

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01Waste

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Hannah Georgas

  • Song: Waste
  • from For Evelyn

Hannah Georgas is a singer from Ontario who originally wrote "Waste" as a reflective piano ballad. But producer Graham Walsh turned it into a frenetic, horn-powered jam. It will appear on her album For Evelyn, out on June 24.