Syd Barrett, Thom Yorke, Anouar Brahem

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Remembering Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett; Quirky, D.I.Y. indie pop from Boat; The stark duality of Canada's Arctic; New music from Radiohead's Thom Yorke; Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings; Gentle new folk from Nick Castro; New Arabic music from Anouar Brahem.

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Syd Barrett, Thom Yorke, Anouar Brahem

Echoes

See Emily Play

  • Artist: Pink Floyd
  • Song: See Emily Play
  • From: Echoes

Syd Barrett co-founded the now legendary psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd in 1965 and gave the band its enigmatic name. Though he left Pink Floyd before reaching major stardom, he wrote most of the group's earliest and most experimental music, inspiring legions of other artists who followed. Barrett died July 7 at the age of 60. The track featured on this best-of collection was originally released as a single in 1967.

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Songs You Might Not Like

Clogged Castle

  • Artist: Boat
  • Song: Clogged Castle
  • From: Songs You Might Not Like

D. Crane started Boat as a basement project in his Seattle home. Today the pop trio features drummer J. Goodman, bassist M. McKenzie and D. Crane "playing guitars and keyboards and shouting and singing lyrics about lanterns, rainbow shoelaces, his hatred of Chicago, and ninjas."

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Music for Rain

Some One Turning

  • Artist: Arctic
  • Song: Some One Turning
  • From: Music for Rain

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The Eraser

And it Rained All Night

  • Artist: Thom Yorke
  • Song: And it Rained All Night
  • From: The Eraser

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke insists his first album without the support of his band is not a solo project, saying "that just doesn't seem right." It's a beautifully somber collection of electronic beeps and sweeps woven with Yorke's mysterious poetry and lovely falsetto voice.

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Boneclouds

Some Say I'm Not

  • Artist: Mason Jennings
  • Song: Some Say I'm Not
  • From: Boneclouds

Mason Jennings is a singer-songwriter from Minnesota. Though he switched to a major label imprint for his latest release, Jennings preserves the organic and subtle tones of his earlier work.

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Come Into Our House

Winding Tree

  • Artist: Nick Castro and the Young Elders
  • Song: Winding Tree
  • From: Come Into Our House

Nick Castro and his backing band The Young Elders blend the sensibilities of experimental, psychedelic rock with folk music. Their music is solemn, serene and beautiful.

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Le Voyage de Sahar

Vague/E la Nave Va

  • Artist: Anouar Brahem
  • Song: Vague/E la Nave Va
  • From: Le Voyage de Sahar

Anouar Brahem plays the oud, a type of Middle Eastern lute. On his latest CD he blends the instrument with piano and accordion to make magnificent, contemporary Arabic music.

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