A Sigur Rós masterpiece turns 20, plus Samia, JFDR, the sounds of Ghana and more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares gorgeous new music from the Ghana-born artist Okaidja Afroso, a spare reflection from the singer Samia, the 20th anniversary edition of the Sigur Rós album ( ) and more.

1. Okaidja Afroso: "Gidi Gidi," from Jaku Mumor
2. Lydia Ramsey: "Revival," from Like A Dream
3. Samia: "Kill Her Freak Out" (Single)
4. JFDR: "The Orchid" (Single)
5. Sigur Rós: "Untitled #7 (Jacobs Studio Sessions)," from ( ) Remastered

A Sigur Rós masterpiece turns 20, plus Samia, JFDR, the sounds of Ghana and more

A Sigur Rós masterpiece turns 20, plus Samia, JFDR, the sounds of Ghana and more

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Clockwise from upper left: Sigur Rós, Lydia Ramsey, Okaidja Afroso, JFDR, Samia Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On this edition of All Songs Considered: Sigur Rós celebrates its magnificent 2002 release with a newly remastered edition that includes unreleased tracks. It was an album that offered calm in a world fresh from the 911 attacks and other horrific events. Today, this third album from Sigur Rós feels as calming and necessary as it did all those years ago. I also play some upbeat, danceable music from the Ghana-born and now Portland-based musician Okaidja Afroso. We also hear music born in the days of COVID from Lydia Ramsey from her new album Like A Dream. Samia has a cathartic song aimed at a former lover and Icelandic musician JFDR has a gorgeous track inspired by an orchid.

1. Okaidja Afroso: "Gidi Gidi," from Jaku Mumor

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2. Lydia Ramsey: "Revival," from Like A Dream

3. Samia: "Kill Her Freak Out" (Single)

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4. JFDR: "The Orchid" (Single)

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5. Sigur Rós: "Untitled #7 (Jacobs Studio Sessions)," from ( ) Remastered