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Clockwise from upper left: Jack White, Teebs, Lyla Foy, Ray LaMontagne
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This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a brand new song by Jack White. The screaming instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" is the first taste of White's second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be out on June 10.
The energy stays high from there. Bob shares "Call Me," by the Alabama-based soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The group, whose album, Half The City, came out in February, played a live set over the weekend that knocked Bob's socks off. And Robin announces that the off-beat Canadian pop singer Chad VanGaalen has finally won him over with his fifth album, Shrink Dust, out in April. The bold, loopy song "Where Are You" is a good indication of what VanGaalen has up his sleeve.
Also on the show, folkie Ray LaMontagne gets psychedelic on "Lavender" and up-and-coming talent Lyla Foy gets sweet on "Honeymoon." There's also whole-hearted Americana made by Swedes — First Aid Kit's "My Silver Lining — and textured percussion from Southern California native Teebs.
Finally, last week's question of the week — "Does the death of an instrument break your heart?" — prompted one listener to share a tragic tale about a guitar, a synthesizer and a snowstorm. Get your hankies ready.
High Ball Stepper
- from Lazaretto
- by Jack White
Jack White's second solo album, Lazaretto, will be out on June 10. The first single is a thrilling, surprise-filled instrumental, with one screaming guitar.
- from Half The City
- by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
St. Paul & The Broken Bones hail from Birmingham, Alabama and capture timeless soul sounds in an earth-shaking live show.
Where Are You
- from Shrink Dust
- by Chad VanGaalen
Hear a complex, echo-laden song by Alberta native Chad VanGaalen. His upcoming album Shrink Dust will be released April 29 via Sub Pop.
- from Supernova
- by Ray LaMontagne
"Lavender" signifies a directional shift for LaMontagne, who favors psychedelia over folk sounds on the song. Ray LaMontagne's Supernova comes out April 29 via RCA.
- from Mirrors the Sky
- by Lyla Foy
If you mix Kate Bush vocals with Postal Service sounds, the result would be Lyla Foy. Her album Mirrors the Sky is out now.
My Silver Lining
- from Stay Gold
- by First Aid Kit
This gorgeous, harmonic folk track is by the Swedish sister duo, First Aid Kit. Its album Stay Gold will be released June 10 via Columbia.
- from E S T A R A
- by Teebs
This jingly, multifaceted song is from Teebs' upcoming record E S T A R A, which will be released April 8. Stream the whole album here.