The Best Music of September: Tyler Childers, Björk, Sudan Archives, Alex G : All Songs Considered Tyler Childers went to church, Makaya McCraven sampled himself, Sudan Archives got silly and sexy, Alex G distilled his production quirks and Björk stuck her toes in the earth.

Featured Tracks and Artists:
1. Tyler Childers: "Old Country Church (Jubilee Version)" from Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
2. Makaya McCraven: "Seventh String" from In These Times
3. Sudan Archives: "Selfish Soul" from Natural Brown Prom Queen
4. Alex G: "Miracles" from God Save the Animals
5. Björk: "Fungal City" from Fossora

Our panel's additional recommendations for August:
• Lou Turner, Microcosmos
• SiR, "Nothing Even Matters"
• Sonja, Loud Arriver

Read the NPR Music review:
Makaya McCraven, In These Times
Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen
Alex G, God Save the Animals

NPR's favorite music of September, from untraditional gospel to mushroom music

NPR's favorite music of September, from untraditional gospel to mushroom music

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The best music of September includes releases from (top left, clockwise) Björk, Makaya McCraven, Sudan Archives, Alex G and Tyler Childers.

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Tyler Childers found eight songs so good he had to record them thrice. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? takes the Kentucky singer-songwriter back to his church roots to make a gospel album that's not quite a gospel album, or at least not a traditional one. We open the show with "Old Country Church (Jubilee Version)" and make our way through the album's three parts.

NPR Music's Ann Powers, Jerusalem Truth and Hazel Cills join WRTI's Nate Chinen and host Lars Gotrich as they share the best music they heard in the month of September. We also discuss Makaya McCraven's beautiful beat science, Sudan Archives' unexpected journeys, Alex G's eccentric rock and Björk's mushroom music.

All that, plus a lightning round of picks the panel couldn't stop listening to. Let's also mention some major drops: Expert in a Dying Field by The Beths, Write Your Name In Pink by Quinn Christopherson, Linger Awhile by Samara Joy, The Man from Waco by Charley Crockett, $oul $old $eparately by Freddie Gibbs, Weather Alive by Beth Orton and Free LSD by OFF!


Featured Tracks and Artists:

1. Tyler Childers: "Old Country Church (Jubilee Version)" from Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?

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2. Makaya McCraven: "Seventh String" from In These Times

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3. Sudan Archives: "Selfish Soul" from Natural Brown Prom Queen

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4. Alex G: "Miracles" from God Save the Animals

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5. Björk: "Fungal City" from fossora

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Our panel's additional recommendations for September: