New Mix: Anna B Savage, Daisies, Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet, more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including songs from Anna B Savage, Daisies, Pest Control, Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet and more.

Featured Songs And Artist:
1. Daisies: "Is It Any Wonder," from Great Big Open Sky
2. Anna B Savage: "The Ghost," from inFLUX
3. Pest Control: "Total Distraction," from Don't Test The Pest
4. Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet: "In Transit," from Signs of Life
5. Mohamad Zatari Trio: "Black Tea," from Istehlal
6. Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily: "To Remain/To Return," from Love In Exile

New Mix: Anna B Savage, Daisies, Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet, more

New Mix: Anna B Savage, Daisies, Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet, more

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Top row, left to right: Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily trio; Anna B Savage; Pest Control. Bottom row, left to right: Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet; Mohamad Zatari Trio; Daisies Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Top row, left to right: Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily trio; Anna B Savage; Pest Control. Bottom row, left to right: Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet; Mohamad Zatari Trio; Daisies

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Lars Gotrich, our resident Viking, opens this week's All Songs Considered with Daisies. The Olympia band splits the difference between two sides of the '90s: college radio airwaves and lite-pop FM. It's fun to play spot-the-influence on Daisies' record Great Big Open Sky — some of The Sundays here, Portishead and Everything But the Girl there and many catchy nuggets are hidden throughout.

I'll play a profoundly personal new song from Anna B Savage about being haunted by a former lover. The song "The Ghost" is from the U.K. singer's new album, in​FLUX.

Pest Control is unlike the others here, a crossover thrash band from Leeds, U.K., steeped in classic Slayer and Metallica but with a modern sheen akin to Power Trip. This is, without a doubt, a very Viking's Choice pick.

The author Neil Gaiman has teamed up with Australia's FourPlay String Quartet, bringing his stories to life. This collaboration illustrates the tale of Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, the astrophysicist who verified Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Lars turns me on to the Mohamad Zatari Trio with the guiding light coming from the bandleader himself: "The future for someone is a tradition for someone else." In a mix of oud, tar and tabla, the trio melds cultures and traditions to mess with them.

I'll take us out on a sonically meditative track from three brilliant collaborators, Vijay Iyer, Arooj Aftab and Shahzad Ismaily. Together this new project is called Love In Exile, and I'll play the song "To Remain/To Return."


Featured Songs and Artists:

1. Daisies: "Is It Any Wonder," from Great Big Open Sky

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2. Anna B Savage: "The Ghost," from inFlux

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3. Pest Control: "Total Distraction," from Don't Test The Pest

4. Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet: "In Transit," from Signs of Life

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5. Mohamad Zatari Trio: "Black Tea," from Istehlal

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6. Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily: "To Remain/To Return," from Love In Exile

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