Swedish Pop, Exotic Creatures of the Deep, The Elephant 6 Orchestra, More

collage 300

Sweden has been producing some of the best pop music of the past decade. On our latest mix we've got new music from singer Lykke Li (pronounced Leaky-Lee), and the sprawling, 30-member group I'm From Barcelona. Also on the show: the British band Wild Beasts with their oddly titled new song "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants;" the wildly strange and wonderful Sparks; twin sisters and the former drummer for Secret Machines form the band School of Seven Bells; and the influential Elephant 6 Orchestra reunites for a magical and historic live performance.

Download this show in the All Songs Considered podcast.

Sign up for the All Songs Considered newsletter and we'll tell you when new music features are available on the site.

Contact us with your questions and comments.

Swedish Pop, Exotic Creatures of the Deep, The Elephant 6 Orchestra, More

cover for lykke li

Lykke Li

  • Artist: Lykke Li
  • Album: Youth Novels
  • Song: Melodies & Desires

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Melodies & Desires
Album
Youth Novels
Artist
Lykke Li
Label
Ada/Atlantic
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for i'm from barcelona

I'm from Barcelona

  • Artist: I'm from Barcelona
  • Album: Who Killed Harry Houdini?
  • Song: Headphones

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Headphones
Album
Who Killed Harry Houdini?
Artist
I'm from Barcelona
Label
Mute
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for wild beasts

Wild Beasts

  • Artist: Wild Beasts
  • Album: Limbo, Panto
  • Song: Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants
Album
Limbo, Panto
Artist
Wild Beasts
Label
Domino
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for sparks

Sparks

  • Artist: Sparks
  • Album: Exotic Creatures of the Deep
  • Song: Good Morning

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Good Morning
Album
Exotic Creatures of the Deep
Artist
Sparks
Label
Lil Beethoven
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for school of seven bells

School of Seven Bells

  • Artist: School of Seven Bells
  • Album: Alpinisms
  • Song: Face to Face on High Places

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Face to Face on High Places
Album
Alpinisms
Artist
School of Seven Bells
Label
Ghostly International
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

live shot from elephant 6 performance

The Elephant 6 Orchestra

  • Artist: The Elephant 6 Orchestra
  • Album: Live From Chicago's Bottom Lounge
  • Song: The Opera House

This is an excerpt from The Elephant 6 Orchestra performance recorded at Chicago's Bottom Lounge, on Oct. 21.

Hear the Full Concert

elephant 6 orchestra live

The Elephant 6 Orchestra

  • Artist: The Elephant 6 Orchestra
  • Album: Live From Chicago's Bottom Lounge
  • Song: Life Forms (Transmission Received)

Hear the Full Concert

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.