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New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba And More

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New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba And More

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New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba And More

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We begin this week's show with a simple message: Use this time to become mindful and peaceful, taking calming breaths... while listening to our latest mix of essential new music. This includes a beautiful new ballad from St. Vincent, a potent, emotional journey from singer Benjamin Clementine and lots of curious ear candy.

Bob Boilen shares new music from several Scandinavian bands making spacious, sonic wonders, from the Icelandic singer Ásgeir to Norwegian guitarist and singer Siv Jakobsen and the Swedish/Icelandic duo My Bubba. Also appearing is the Canadian band Mappe Of and its lush blend of acoustic guitars and angelic vocals, and the Scottish instrumental rock group Mogwai returns with a new vocal piece.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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03Shallow Digger

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    Shallow Digger
    Album
    The Nordic Mellow
    Artist
    Siv Jakobsen
    Label
    The Nordic Mellow
    Released
    1969

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Siv Jakobsen

  • Song: Shallow Digger
  • from The Nordic Mellow

The British folk traditions and driving acoustic guitars in this cut from Norwegian musician Siv Jakobsen remind Bob Boilen of something an acoustic Led Zeppelin might have done — think Led Zeppelin III. Siv Jakobsen's latest album, The Nordic Mellow, is out Aug. 27.

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The Nordic Mellow
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The Nordic Mellow
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Siv Jakobsen
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The Nordic Mellow

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01New York

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St. Vincent

  • Song: New York
  • from (Single)

ADVISORY: This song contains profanity

St. Vincent's latest single trades the guitar chaos of her self-titled 2014 album for a more melancholic, piano-based ballad here, full of heartache and longing. No word yet on whether she'll have a new full-length out anytime soon — but in addition to the new track, St. Vincent recently announced what she's calling the "Fear The Future" tour, with stops in several countries beginning this fall.

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01Cavern's Dark

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    Cavern's Dark
    Album
    A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone
    Artist
    Mappe Of
    Label
    Paper Bag
    Released
    1969

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Mappe Of

  • Song: Cavern's Dark
  • from A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone

Mappe Of is a Canadian band with a sound that Bob Boilen thinks fits nicely between Bon Iver's earliest acoustic work and that project's later, more experimental sounds. The beautiful, finger-picked acoustic guitar and angelic vocals on this cut blend into an ethereal, transfixing trip. A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone is out July 28.

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A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone
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A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone
Artist
Mappe Of
Label
Paper Bag

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Ásgeir

  • Song: Underneath It
  • from Afterglow

The latest album from Icelandic singer Ásgeir offers plenty of curious shifts with songs that are both quiet and bold. This track considers the beauty and simple joy of forgiveness and moving on. "The order of the day / Is mend the falling out / Let guilt fade away / Refinement bring about."

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Afterglow
Album
Afterglow
Artist
Ásgeir
Label
One Little Indian/Columbia
Released
2017

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Benjamin Clementine

  • Song: Phantom Of Aleppoville
  • from I Tell A Fly

Known for his dramatic, theatrical production, the British singer and pianist Benjamin Clementine was inspired to write this epic track after reading about the damaging effects of bullying on children, something he says mirrors his own experiences growing up. I Tell A Fly is due out Oct. 2.

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I Tell A Fly
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I Tell A Fly
Artist
Benjamin Clementine
Label
Virgin

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01Gone

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    Gone
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    (Single)
    Artist
    My Bubba
    Label
    Third Man Records
    Released
    1969

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My Bubba

  • Song: Gone
  • from (Single)

The duo of My Larsdotter and Guðbjörg Tómasdóttir, from Sweden and Iceland respectively, recorded this track for Third Man Records' "Blue Series." For it, artists travelling through the label's hometown of Nashville are invited to stop by to record one or two songs, produced by Jack White, that are then quickly pressed onto 7" vinyl. Other artists who've recorded for the series include Dwight Yoakam, Courtney Barnett and Beck.

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(Single)
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My Bubba
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Third Man Records

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02Party In The Dark

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    Party In The Dark
    Album
    Every Country's Sun
    Artist
    Mogwai
    Label
    Temporary Residence
    Released
    1969

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Mogwai

  • Song: Party In The Dark
  • from Every Country's Sun

"Party In The Dark" is the closest thing to an indie pop song you'll hear from Mogwai, a group known more for its epic, instrumental rock. The song includes vocals from front man Stuart Braithwaite and was produced by Dave Fridmann, a founding member of Mercury Rev also known for his work with Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Spoon and more. Every Country's Sun is out Sep. 1.

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Every Country's Sun
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Every Country's Sun
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Mogwai
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Temporary Residence

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