A Halloween mix: Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird, Sunny War, John Cale, more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird, John Cale's first new album in a decade and more.

Featured Songs and Artists:
1. Sunny War: "No Reason," from Anarchist Gospel
2. Andrew Bird & Phoebe Bridgers: "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" (Single)
3. Seán Barna: "Everyone's a Queen on Halloween" (Single)
4. John Cale: "STORY OF BLOOD (feat. Weyes Blood)," from MERCY
5. Weyes Blood: "Grapevine," from And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow
6. Micah Frank & Chet Doxas: "Ave Maria (Featuring Mary Lattimore)," from The Music of Hildegard von Bingen Part One

A Halloween mix: Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird, Sunny War, John Cale, more

A Halloween mix: Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird, Sunny War, John Cale, more

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There's an eerie feeling on this edition of All Songs Considered as we approach Halloween. Musician Seán Barna has a celebratory anthem titled "Everyone's a Queen on Halloween." Andrew Bird teams up with Phoebe Bridgers for a song based on a poem by Emily Dickinson called "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain." The ever-inspiring living legend John Cale's new song is called "STORY OF BLOOD" from his first album of new songs in ten years called MERCY. On that song, he collaborates with the voice of Weyes Blood, who also has new music out, which NPR's Tom Huizenga introduces us to. The song we play from the Weyes Blood album, And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, is titled "Grapevine." We also dip deep into music from the 12th century, composed by Hildegard von Bingen. The duo of Micah Frank & Chet Doxas has an eerie ambient take on this magical music with a version of "Ave Maria" that includes harpist Mary Lattimore.

Not so eerie but surely impactful is the music of Nashville singer Sunny War and from her new album comes the song "No Reason," in which she struggles to be the best version of herself.

Featured Songs and Artists:

1. Sunny War: "No Reason," from Anarchist Gospel

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2. Andrew Bird / Phoebe Bridgers: "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" (Single)

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3. Seán Barna: "Everyone's a Queen on Halloween," (Single)

4. John Cale: "STORY OF BLOOD (feat. Weyes Blood)," from MERCY

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5. Weyes Blood: "Grapevine," from And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow

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6. Micah Frank & Chet Doxas: "Ave Maria (Featuring Mary Lattimore)," from The Music of Hildegard von Bingen Part One

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