New Mix: Steady Holiday, Ada Lea, Wet Leg, More : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new tracks of the week include an amped-up Steady Holiday, late-'70s, post-punk sounds from Gustaf and Wet Leg, the calming guitar of Lanterna and more.

Featured Songs:
1. Steady Holiday: "Love Me 2" (Single)
2. Gustaf: "Book," from Audio Drag For Ego Slobs
3. Wet Leg: "Chaise Longue" (Single)
4. Ada Lea: "damn," from one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
5. The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb (feat. Pieta Brown): "Sweet Pretender," from Not On The Map
6. AHI: "Danger," from Prospect
7. Lanterna: "Aix," from Hidden Drives

New Mix: Steady Holiday, Ada Lea, Wet Leg, More

New Mix: Steady Holiday, Ada Lea, Wet Leg, More

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Top row: The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb; Middle row: Steady Holiday; Bottom: Ada Lea; Lower right: Wet Leg Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this edition of All Songs Considered, I begin with some amped-up sounds, first from Steady Holiday. Early in the year, she put out a thoughtful acoustic guitar version of her song "Love Me When I Go To Sleep," which is about mortality and asking yourself how you want to live. Now, she's taken that pensive tune and cranked up the volume for a version called "Love Me 2."

I've also been noticing several bands these days taking on the sounds of late-'70s post-punk in the spirit of Delta 5 and Gang of Four. I play two songs I find honoring that spirit, first from New York's Gustaf and a song called "Book." Then we hear Wet Leg, the duo from the Isle of White, and their song filled with sexual innuendo titled "Chaise Longue."

Ada Lea takes a poignant moment from a New Years Eve party and seeing a friend go through difficult times in a song called "damn." The soulful Toronto singer AHI woke from a dream where he was singing to a large crowd of people about a young man killed by gun violence. It turns out that the dream and the lyrics mirrored reality in shocking detail, revealed in his new song "Danger."

Pieta Brown has a collaboration with the Colorist Orchestra and Howe Gelb titled "Sweet Pretender." And the final tune is a calming moment from Lanterna, an artist I used to play while directing All Things Considered back in the '90s. The guitar sounds for this new song are soothing and reflective.


Featured Songs And Artists:

1. Steady Holiday: "Love Me 2" (Single)

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2. Gustaf: "Book," from Audio Drag For Ego Slobs

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3. Wet Leg: "Chaise Longue" (Single)

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4. Ada Lea: "damn," from one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden

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5. The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb (feat. Pieta Brown): "Sweet Pretender," from Not On The Map

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6. AHI: "Danger," from Prospect

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7. Lanterna: "Aix," from Hidden Drives

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