A Punjabi space epic and a laid-back throwback — NPR's favorite music of February : All Songs Considered February's best new music includes a double album by Big Thief, Raveena's ambitious sophomore effort, Pusha T's old-school polish, Joyce DiDonato's wordless wondering and caroline's calming, crazy quilt of sound.

Featured Tracks And Artists:

1. Big Thief — Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Featured songs: "Spud Infinity" and "Dried Roses"
2. Raveena — Asha's Awakening
Featured song: "Mystery"
3. Pusha T, "Diet Coke"
4. Joyce DiDonato — EDEN
Featured song: "The Unanswered Question"
5. caroline — caroline
Featured song: "Dark blue"

Other notable releases for February:

• Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTH
• Mitski -- Laurel Hell
• Erin Rae — Lighten Up
• Chris Farren — Death Don't Wait (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
• Los Bitchos — Let the Festivities Begin!
• Saba — Few Good Things

A Punjabi space epic and a laid-back throwback — NPR's favorite music of February

A Punjabi space epic and a laid-back throwback — NPR's favorite music of February

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From top left, clockwise: Raveena, caroline, Pusha T, Joyce DiDonato, Big Thief. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Big Thief has been nothing short of prolific, including solo albums by its members, in recent years. As we hear in the opening of this show, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You enriches the Big Thief catalog with a double album that beautifully reaches inwards and vastly outward at the same time.

We've also got a no-lanes, sci-fi epic by Raveena, Pusha T's laid-back throwback, Joyce DiDonato's wordless wondering and caroline's calming, crazy quilt of sound. NPR Music's Ann Powers, Marissa Lorusso, Reanna Cruz and Tom Huizenga join host Lars Gotrich as they share their picks for the best music they heard in the month of February.


Featured Tracks And Artists:

1. Big Thief: "Spud Infinity" and "Dried Roses," from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You

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2. Raveena: "Mystery," from Asha's Awakening

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3. Pusha T, "Diet Coke" (Single)

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4. Joyce DiDonato: "The Unanswered Question," from EDEN

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5. caroline: "Dark blue," from caroline

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Other notable releases for February:

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff -- LIFE ON EARTH
  • Mitski — Laurel Hell
  • Erin Rae — Lighten Up
  • Chris Farren — Death Don't Wait (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Los Bitchos — Let the Festivities Begin!
  • Saba — Few Good Things