New Mix: Zoon, Shirley Collins, Orchestra Gold, Pry, more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich share their favorite new music of the week, including the African psych-rock group Orchestra Gold, shoegaze from Zoon and more.

Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Jeremy Kiran Fernandes: "Sun and Rain," from Inside the Harmonic Prism
2. Orchestra Gold: "Segou Heat," from Medicine
3. Pry: "Chasing Ambulance," from The Party's Over
4. Shirley Collins: "High and Away," from Archangel Hill
5. Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru: "Jerusalem," from Jerusalem
6. Zoon: "Gaagige," from Bekka Ma'iingan

New Mix: Zoon, Shirley Collins, Orchestra Gold, Pry, more

New Mix: Zoon, Shirley Collins, Orchestra Gold, Pry, more

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Top row, left to right: Shirley Collins, cover art for Jeremy Kiran Fernandes' Inside the Harmonic Prism, Zoon; bottom row: Orchestra Gold Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Lars Gotrich, purveyor of all things Viking's Choice, joins me on this week's All Songs Considered. First up, he shares a song by Jeremy Kiran Fernandes. He's a member of the gothy Athens, Ga., psych-pop band Immaterial Possession and the son of John Fernandes (of The Olivia Tremor Control and Circulatory System) — he's just released the dreamy and intricate Inside the Harmonic Prism under his own name.

I'll play music from the Mali-influenced psychedelic ensemble Orchestra Gold. The Oakland-based group is headed by Malian singer Mariam Diakite along with Oakland guitarist Erich Huffaker. The song "Segou Heat" from the group's album Medicine is one minute and 43 seconds of pure fire.

Pry is a band from Manila, Philippines, that harnesses the energy of Dischord-style punk with pedal-board panache. Lars says the band is flashy without forgetting to write hooks.

For something completely different, we turn to Shirley Collins, a hugely influential English folk singer. Now 88 years old, Shirley Collins is releasing a new collection of folk tales titled Archangel Hill, and I'll play "High and Away," a song about "the tricks a tornado can play."

Then, Lars turns me onto Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, a 99-year-old Ethiopian nun who just died recently. She gave up a life of luxury to take holy orders but never stopped composing music somewhere between the honky tonk and the church. These 1970s recordings are the basis for a new set of archival material.

I'll take us out and the ethereal music of Zoon, the project of songwriter Daniel Monkman. The atmosphere they create feels a bit like My Bloody Valentine. Daniel Monkman tells us the song "Gaagige" was written after the loss of their father and close friend, and reinforces Daniel's connection to them.


Featured Artists And Songs:

1. Jeremy Kiran Fernandes: "Sun and Rain," from Inside the Harmonic Prism

2. Orchestra Gold: "Segou Heat," from Medicine

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3. Pry: "Chasing Ambulance," from The Party's Over

4. Shirley Collins: "High and Away," from Archangel Hill

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5. Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru: "Jerusalem," from Jerusalem

6. Zoon: "Gaagige," from Bekka Ma'iingan

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