New Music From M. Ward, Julia Holter And More : All Songs Considered This week All Songs Considered: an exclusive premiere from M. Ward's upcoming album, an electronic maven with a knack for pop songcraft, and a surprise pick from NPR's backyard.

New Mix: A Premiere From M. Ward, Julia Holter And More

New Mix: A Premiere From M. Ward, Julia Holter And More

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This week on All Songs Considered, M. Ward puts his many side projects aside to record a new solo album — one that explores the moody songwriter's cheerier side. A Wasteland Companion isn't out until April, but we've got an exclusive sneak preview of the song "Primitive Girl."

Also on the show: no-frills blues-rock from Ohio's Mount Carmel, a snowballing slow-burner from London's Dry the River and shoegazey pop from Minnesota's Now, Now (whose members met in marching band). Plus, Julia Holter and Tiny Victories get playful with the tools and conventions of electronic music, and a CD picked solely for its cover art turns out to be from NPR's own backyard.

New Mix: M. Ward, Julia Holter, Dry The River And More

Cover for Real Women

Swaggs

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Mount Carmel

  • Song: Swaggs
  • from Real Women
Cover for Shallow Bed

Lion's Den

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Dry the River

  • Song: Lion's Den
  • from Shallow Bed
Cover for Threads

Prehistoric

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Now, Now

  • Song: Prehistoric
  • from Threads
Cover for Ekstasis

Für Felix

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Julia Holter

  • Song: Für Felix
  • from Ekstasis

Learn more about this release on Amazon.

Cover for Office of Future Plans

Harden Your Heart

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Office of Future Plans

  • Song: Harden Your Heart
Cover for Those Of Us Still Alive EP

Mr. Bones

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Tiny Victories

  • Song: Mr. Bones
  • from Those Of Us Still Alive EP

Learn more about this release on Bandcamp.