New Mix: Jónsi, Julie Doiron, Rokia Koné, David Keenan, more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the stunning voice of West African singer Rokia Koné, new solo work from Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi and more.

Featured Tracks:
1. Julie Doiron: "You Gave Me The Key," from I Thought Of You
2. Cola: "Blank Curtain" (Single)
3. David Keenan: "What Then Cried Jo Soap," from WHAT THEN?
4. Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: "N'yanyan," from BAMANAN
5. Jónsi: "Pyralone," from Obsidian
6. Sóley: "Desert," from Mother Melancholia

New Mix: Jónsi, Julie Doiron, Rokia Koné, David Keenan, more

New Mix: Jónsi, Julie Doiron, Rokia Koné, David Keenan, more

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Top row, left to right: David Keenan, Rokia Koné, Jónsi; Bottom row, left to right: Sóley, Julie Doiron Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this edition of All Songs Considered, I have a surprising new release from Jónsi. The Sigur Rós singer's new album, Obsidian is a stunning sonic adventure. I play the song "Pyralone," inspired by a perfume scent — yes, as you'll hear from Jónsi, he's obsessed with perfume.

Another sonic adventure comes from another Icelandic composer, Sóley. She is stressed thinking about our modern world and what it is doing to our planet. With the song "Desert," she tries to imagine what a soundtrack to the end of the world might sound like.

A more upbeat tune — and one I'm obsessed with — comes from Julie Doiron. The song "You Gave Me The Key" spilled from her soul one night after being cooped up from lockdown and expresses her desire to start over and be a better person.

On the day that Tim Darcy announced the breakup of his band Ought, he told us about his new project, Cola. We hear this new band's first song, "Blank Curtain."

The Irish singer David Keenan's song "What Then Cried Jo Soap" tackles his struggle with identity. I also have a gorgeous long-distance collaboration with Malian singer Rokia Koné and producer Jacknife Lee. It's a tune recorded on the evening that a coup was taking place in Rokia's home country and the emotion in her voice conveys this troubling event.


Featured Tracks:

1. Julie Doiron: "You Gave Me The Key," from I Thought Of You

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2. Cola: "Blank Curtain" (Single)

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3. David Keenan: "What Then Cried Jo Soap," from WHAT THEN?

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4. Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: "N'yanyan," from BAMANAN

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5. Jónsi: "Pyralone," from Obsidian

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6. Sóley: "Desert," from Mother Melancholia