Viking's Choice: Anjimile, High Rise, Fatoumata Diawara, more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich share their favorite new tracks including new music from the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, the Swedish ambient rock artist SOLE and more.

Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Dorotheo: "Las Nubes," from Nada Escrito
2. Fatoumata Diawara: "Dambe," from London Ko
3. High Rise: "Outside Gentiles," from Dispersion
4. Anjimile: "The King," from The King
5. Laure Boer: "Lapin," from Les cit​é​s englouties
6. SOLE: "nous (feat. Chamoon)," from våra liv

Viking's Choice: Anjimile, High Rise, Fatoumata Diawara, more

Viking's Choice: Anjimile, High Rise, Fatoumata Diawara, more

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Left: Fatoumata Diawara; Top middle: Laure Boer; Top right: SOLE; Bottom middle: High Rise; Bottom right: Anjimile Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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You'd think our resident Viking, Lars Gotrich, and I would coordinate music choices before recording a podcast, but we really don't, so it's always a happy coincidence when a theme naturally arises. On this episode of All Songs Considered, we hopscotch around the world, starting with Guadalajara's Dorotheo, a band with the hauntological cool of Broadcast and Stereolab.

I'll take us to a cross-cultural collaboration between Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara and British musician Damon Albarn, whom we know from Gorillaz and Blur. The album is called London Ko and the track "Dambe" mixes electronics with her native Bambara voice.

Munehiro Narita is one of Lars' all-time favorite guitarists. In the '80s and '90s, he scorched in-the-red boogie as part of High Rise; the Japanese psych-rock band's third album, 1992's Dispersion, is getting a deluxe reissue.

I fell in love with Anjimile's music long ago when they entered our Tiny Desk Contest. I'll play the title track to their new album on 4AD, The King, a song surprisingly comprised of voice and acoustic guitar that sounds as if a choir and full-fledged ensemble tackle the tune's grief and rage.

Lars came across the Berlin-based Laure Boer on a Bandcamp hunt recently and was taken by the track "Lapin," which the artist says was inspired by the birth of her daughter. For him, the quiet and haunting French lullaby fills a void left by the late Québécoise cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée.

I'll take us out on a tune from Swedish musician SOLE. The song "nous" from her second album våra liv (which translates to "our lives") nicely summarizes the show by starting in quietude and ending with a brilliant intensity.


Featured Artists And Songs:

1. Dorotheo: "Las Nubes," from Nada Escrito

2. Fatoumata Diawara: "Dambe," from London Ko

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3. High Rise: "Outside Gentiles," from Dispersion

4. Anjimile: "The King," from The King

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5. Laure Boer: "Lapin," from Les cit​é​s englouties

6. SOLE: "nous (feat. Chamoon)," from våra liv

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