Tiny Desk contest winner Little Moon opens All Songs Considered this week with a studio version of their 2023 winning song, “Wonder Eye.” You can watch their winning entry here, and their Tiny Desk performance will be released on May 30.
Hazel Cills, Managing Editor of NPR Music, joins me this week to share new music from yeule. The rising avant-garde pop artist often writes about changing identities in digital spaces. Hazel’s choice, “sulky baby,” is a fuzzy lead on having an imaginary conversation with a younger version of themselves.
Next, “Eraser” by post-punk duo Sweeping Promises. Featuring Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug, the band’s aggressive new single On an Evil Mirror Image of Oneself is from their upcoming new album The good life comes for youout June 30.
The origin story of Cola’s new song, “Keys Down If You Stay,” began when drummer Evan Cartwright woke up from a dream with an offbeat beat in his head. He played it for his bandmates Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy (former members of the band Ought) and that song – which to me is reminiscent of the band Television – came to life.
We play the latest single from ANOHNI and The Johnsons, from the artist’s first new album since 2016 DESPAIR. The song is “It Must Change”, a moving protest anthem in the style of 70s soul music, from his new album My back was a bridge to crossreleased July 7.
And we’re going out to music by Chris Farren. Wanting to brush up on his writing and production, he enlisted the help of Jay Som’s Melina Duterte. We hear the heartbreaking track “Cosmic Leash” from his album Doomsinger.
Featured artists and songs:
1. Small Moon: “Wonder Eye” (Only)
2. yeule: “pout baby” (Only)
3. Sweeping Promises: “Eraser”, from The good life is coming for you
4. Cola: “Find the keys if you stay” (Only)
5. ANOHNI & The Johnsons: “It has to change”, from My back was a bridge to cross
6. Chris Farren: “Cosmic Leash”, from Doomsinger