New Mix: Regina Spektor, Stella Donnelly, Tomberlin, More : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares the "most astonishing song" he's heard this year: Regina Spektor's "Up The Mountain," plus Stella Donnelly's "Lungs," the many colors of MABUTA and more.

Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Regina Spektor: "Up The Mountain," from Home, before and after
2. Rachel Bobbitt: "More" (Single)
3. Shane Cooper & MABUTA: "Finish The Sun," from Finish The Sun
4. Tomberlin: "idkwntht," from i don't know who needs to hear this...
5. Kathryn Joseph: "The Burning of Us All," from For You Who Are the Wronged
6. Stella Donnelly: "Lungs," from Flood

New Mix: Regina Spektor, Stella Donnelly, Tomberlin, More

New Mix: Regina Spektor, Stella Donnelly, Tomberlin, More

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Top row (left to right): Regina Spektor, Tomberlin, Stella Donnelly; Bottom row: Shane Cooper & MABUTA Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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I begin this week's All Songs Considered with the most impactful song I've heard so far in 2022. It's called "Up The Mountain," by Regina Spektor, and is from her upcoming album Home, before and after. The song is a thriller, complete with roller coaster orchestrations by Jherek Bischoff and production from John Congleton. There's also a beautiful lyric video below.

We also hear this week from Rachel Bobbitt, a Canadian artist who found an audience doing covers of Leonard Cohen, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver songs on the now-defunct video sharing app Vine. She has a striking new song of her own called "More," and the lyrics for it feel particularly poignant given the recent Supreme Court news. Scottish singer Kathryn Joseph also strikes a similar chord with a calming sound that is brimming with indignation, titled "The Burning of Us All."

The new album by Tomberlin has been on repeat in my home for the past few weeks. It's a thoughtful introspective album produced with Phil Weinrobe, who has worked on solo albums by Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek. There are also strong contributions from Felix Walworth, known for their project Told Slant. All that to say Tomberlin's talents shine on this album which ironically is called i don't know who needs to hear this...

The Australian artist Stella Donnelly is putting out her second album and, as with so many artists fortunate to have their health and time to work on their craft over the past few years, Stella Donnelly has been experimenting with her sound and songwriting. "Lungs" is the first song we get to hear from her upcoming album called Flood.

And the most danceable track of the show comes from Johannesburg in the form of a catchy instrumental song from Shane Cooper & MABUTA called "Finish the Sun."


Featured Songs And Artists:

1. Regina Spektor: "Up The Mountain," from Home, before and after

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2. Rachel Bobbitt: "More" (Single)

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3. Shane Cooper & MABUTA: "Finish The Sun," from Finish The Sun

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4. Tomberlin: "idkwntht," from i don't know who needs to hear this...

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5. Kathryn Joseph: "The Burning of Us All," from For You Who Are the Wronged

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6. Stella Donnelly: "Lungs," from Flood

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