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On this week's All Songs Considered we come full circle. Robin Hilton opens the show by looking back in time with a weird, psychedelic track by Cornelius from his long out-of-print, newly reissued album Fantasma. If the song doesn't justify itself, Bob Boilen provides an argument for looking back with a song by The Wild Reeds called "Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)."

Also on the show: We also play an electro-folk track by the Israeli sisters A-WA and a new song by Tiny Desk veterans Bellows.

But first, Robin and Bob talk knee surgery.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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08Chapter 8 (Seashore And Horizon)

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    Chapter 8 (Seashore And Horizon)
    Album
    Fantasma
    Artist
    Cornelius
    Label
    Matador
    Released
    2010

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Cornelius

  • Song: Chapter 8 (Seashore And Horizon)
  • from Fantasma

Originally released almost 20 years ago on the album Fantasma, Cornelius' "Chapter 8, Seashore And Horizon" is a psyched-out dream-pop track. The song is an artifact of early cut-and-paste digital editing and mixing. Its trippy, almost childlike melodies make it something you could even play on a children's show— which is exactly how Robin originally discovered the artist.

Fantasma was recently reissued as a double LP with four bonus tracks. It's out now on Lefse/Post Modern.

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Song
Fantasma
Album
Fantasma
Artist
Cornelius
Label
Matador
Released
2010

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01Thick Skin

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Bellows

  • Song: Thick Skin
  • from Fist & Palm

At the heart of Bellows' "Thick Skin" is the message that one of the most freeing parts of life is the search for satisfaction, not the arrival of satisfaction itself. Bellows began as the bedroom project of Oliver Kalb, and the group has a new album, Fist & Palm. Even though the new songs were recorded in a studio and have a more electronic feel, they maintain the same, absolutely lovely, intimate quality.

Fist & Palm will be out on Sept. 30 on Double Double Whammy.

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01Metonymy

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Turnip King

  • Song: Metonymy
  • from Laika

Our intern Sophie Kemp fell in love with Turnip King, a shogeaze band from Sea Cliff, N.Y., after seeing their frontwoman perform a solo set at a tiny Bushwick venue. "Metonymy" is an expansive shoegaze track that recalls Galaxie 500 and Asobi Seksu. It's wall-of-sound distortion at its very best.

"Metonymy" appears on Turnip King's album Laika, out August 1 on Fire Talk.

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10Shamak zabad radai

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    Shamak zabad radai
    Album
    Habib Galbi
    Artist
    A-WA
    Label
    S-Curve
    Released
    2016

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A-Wa

  • Song: Shamak zabad radai
  • from Habib Galbi

"Shamak Zabad Radai" is based on a Yemeni folk song, arranged with electronics and three part harmonies. It's a fast, urgent dance track, produced Tomer Yosef of the group Balkan Beat Box, and layered with the vocals of the three Israeli sisters that make A-Wa. Lyrically, the track is a love song, rich in both sadness and meaning.

A-WA's new album, Habib Galbi, is out June 24 on S-Curve. You can hear it now in our First Listen series.

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Habib Galbi
Album
Habib Galbi
Artist
A-WA
Label
S-Curve
Released
2016

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02Alright

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    Alright
    Album
    Kindly Now
    Artist
    Keaton Henson
    Label
    Play It Again Sam
    Released
    2016

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Keaton Henson

  • Song: Alright
  • from Kindly Now

Keaton Henson's new song," Alright," is a tender ode to heartbreak. The artist mourns the end of this relationship with lyrics about the pains of distance, bad eating habits and the desire to never go outside again. The song is bare, stripped down to Henson's hushed vocals and piano. It's a mantra about getting better one day, far off into the future.

Keaton Henson's album Kindly Now will be out Sept. 16 on Play It Again Sam.

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01Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)

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    Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)
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    Best Wishes
    Artist
    The Wild Reeds
    Label
    The Wild Reeds
    Released
    1969

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The Wild Reeds

  • Song: Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)
  • from Best Wishes

To close out the show, Bob plays "Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)," a song that features the vocals of three talented singers and songwriters. It's a triumphant ballad that reminds us that nostalgia can be misleading.

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Best Wishes
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Best Wishes
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The Wild Reeds
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The Wild Reeds

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