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New Mix: Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More

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You'll want to listen to this week's show on a good pair of headphones, preferably in the dark and, if you take drummer Ian Chang's advice, while getting a massage. We open the program with a spine-tingling cut called "ASMR," from Chang's debut solo EP, an arresting instrumental piece inspired by the inexplicable chills that sometimes run down your back. It's just the first in a series of sonic delights on the show.

NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso joins us to share a head-spinning, endlessly evolving track from the Canadian rock band Common Holly; our intern Jenna Li shares the transfixing voice of singer Moses Sumney; and NPR classical music editor Tom Huizenga, the last in our series of guest contributors this week, closes the program with the gorgeous instrumental piece "Light Blooms In Hollow Space."

Also on the show: Bob Boilen shares a special essay and brand new song from Josh Ritter, who reveals the profound sense of dread, sadness and laughter behind his latest project, Gathering; Canadian folk artist The Weather Station; and Flotation Toy Warning, one of our favorite discoveries of 2004, finally returns after a 13-year break with a song about growing old, looking back at lost youth and the power of love.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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03ASMR

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    ASMR
    Album
    Spiritual Leader
    Artist
    Ian Chang
    Label
    Kowloon Records
    Released
    2017

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Ian Chang

  • Song: ASMR
  • from Spiritual Leader

Ian Chang, a brilliant drummer with the bands Son Lux and Landlady, will release, Spiritual Leader, his debut solo EP, on Sep. 22. Using a drum kit wired to trigger guitar samples, Chang joins two unlikely worlds on "ASMR" — the physicality of drumming and ambient music.

(Preorder Spiritual Leader here).

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Spiritual Leader
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Spiritual Leader
Artist
Ian Chang
Label
Kowloon Records
Released
2017

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01If After All

Common Holly

  • Song: If After All
  • from Playing House

"If After All," by the Montreal artist Common Holly, follows a melody from quirkily ornamented acoustic to edgy, processed rock. Songwriter Brigitte Naggar explains that the opener to her new album, Playing House, "flirts with a range of feelings: tired, coy, frustrated, resigned" and confronts the harshest versions of herself.

(Preorder Playing House here).

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02Thirty

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    Thirty
    Album
    The Weather Station
    Artist
    The Weather Station
    Label
    Paradise of Bachelors
    Released
    2017

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The Weather Station

  • Song: Thirty

"As a woman, 30 is the age you're taught to fear" says The Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman. "When you're 25 you picture it like falling off the edge of a cliff into some amorphous, bisected destiny — one path being children and suburbia and the other some sort of cartoonish loneliness." Lindeman says she wrote this song about the precise moment when "joy [is] on the cusp of despair."

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02Showboat

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    Showboat
    Album
    Gathering
    Artist
    Josh Ritter
    Label
    Pytheas Recordings
    Released
    2017

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Josh Ritter

  • Song: Showboat
  • from Gathering

On Gathering, Josh Ritter finds himself carried by a consuming sonic and visual project that is both uncertain and contemplative. On the album's first single, "Showboat," Ritter explores internal tumult to project a larger-than-life image of himself. Listen to Ritter's spoken essay on the project on this episode and examine his accompanying artwork on the All Songs blog.

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01A Season Underground

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    A Season Underground
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    The Machine That Made Us
    Artist
    Flotation Toy Warning
    Label
    Talitres
    Released
    2017

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Flotation Toy Warning

  • Song: A Season Underground
  • from The Machine That Made Us

After a thirteen-year disappearance and near dissolution, Britain's sonically surreal and mysterious Flotation Toy Warning is back with an album called The Machine That Made Us. "A Season Underground" is full of their peculiar mix of old and new sounds, with misfit elements both odd and inviting.

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The Machine That Made Us
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The Machine That Made Us
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Flotation Toy Warning
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Talitres
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2017

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09Doomed

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    Doomed
    Album
    Aromanticism
    Artist
    Moses Sumney
    Label
    Jagjaguwar
    Released
    2017

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Moses Sumney

  • Song: Doomed
  • from Aromanticism

"Doomed" is the stunning first cut released from Moses Sumney's debut full-length, Aromanticism. Sumney, who's toured with Sufjan Stevens and performed with Solange, is known for his remarkable voice and smoldering harmonies. "Doomed" asks the question: "If my heart is idle — am I vital or am I doomed?"

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Aromanticism
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Aromanticism
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Moses Sumney
Label
Jagjaguwar
Released
2017

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04Light Blooms in Hollow Space

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    Light Blooms in Hollow Space
    Album
    Hymn Binding
    Artist
    From The Mouth of the Sun
    Label
    Lost Tribe Sound
    Released
    2017

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From The Mouth of the Sun

  • Song: Light Blooms in Hollow Space
  • from Hymn Binding

See-sawing piano, pump organ, and deep, plaintive cello breathe together in this heart-aching contemporary classical composition by the duo Dag Rosenqvist and Aaron Martin. The stirring arrangement for "Light Blooms in Hollow Space" — taken from their third album, Hymn Binding— harnesses the possibility of electronic instrumentation and the warmth of acoustic sound into a resonant, breathtaking melody.

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Hymn Binding
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Hymn Binding
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From The Mouth of the Sun
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Lost Tribe Sound
Released
2017

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Hymn Binding
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From The Mouth of the Sun
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Lost Tribe Sound
Released
2017

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Aromanticism
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Moses Sumney
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Jagjaguwar
Released
2017

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