Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: Odd Charm Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl specialize in an intoxicating blend of avant-garde and pop sounds. Listen to live performances of songs from the duo's upcoming album, as well as an incredible interview with Spinning on Air host David Garland.
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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger In Studio at WNYC

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Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: Odd Charm

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger In Studio at WNYC

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:

In both love and songwriting, it's hard to find the perfect partner. So you might say the musician Sean Lennon, got doubly lucky when he met Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAVENDER ROAD")

SEAN LENNON: (Singing) Where does the time go? Down Lavender Road...

LOUISE KELLY: Lennon and Muhl have been dating for four years, and now they've started a band. They call it The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Their debut album comes out today.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAVENDER ROAD")

LENNON: (Singing) Here we go, pulling up the curtains on the magic show...

LOUISE KELLY: It's a pretty acoustic record, filled with wild surrealistic imagery. Lennon and Muhl co-wrote all the songs. And they recorded them alone in their living room studio.

LENNON: We wanted to do it really stripped down because we started the band, just the two of us, you know, writing songs in our bed and it was really kind of an important moment for us.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG")

LENNON: (Singing) Though you can't intimidate the trees, snow that's sweating in the terrible breeze...

LOUISE KELLY: Like father, like son. Lennon is of course the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and a serious musician in his own right. Muhl is a model with a penchant for poetry. So it was not immediately apparent that they would find a connection in music. In fact, Lennon says Muhl waited a year before revealing her talents.

LENNON: I knew she was a writer, but I didn't know she could play and sing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

MUHL: (Singing) Unlike that day, it started to rain.

LOUISE KELLY: Since then, the two have written dozens of songs together. Lennon taught Muhl music theory and several new instruments. Muhl has helped Lennon focus on the words.

MUHL: I think Victorian science is sort of our favorite aesthetic. You know, right when the world was still sort of crafted of leather and wood, but they were discovering atoms and electricity.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG)

LENNON: (Singing) Aluminum and paperclips, refridgerator parts, microchips. (Unintelligible)

LOUISE KELLY: Sean Lennon says he never set out to find a songwriting partner. He just fell in love.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SCHRODINGER'S CAT")

LENNON: (Singing) Like a tree that falls alone in the woods without a sound...

LOUISE KELLY: You're listening to Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SCHRODINGER'S CAT")

LENNON: (Singing) Like a tree that falls alone in the woods without a sound...

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