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LSTN: Yeasayer’s ‘Fragrant World’ on NPR’s First Listen, Plus New Remix of Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” at Rolling Stone

Two weeks ago, Yeasayer sent fans in a frenzy with their album scavenger hunt. Unleashing videos on various sites throughout the day, fans could listen to Fragrant World only by locating each vignette. For all those who missed out on the new album during the hunt, here’s your second chance. It’s streaming throughout the week at NPR’s First Listen. Out August 21, Fragrant World is available to pre-order at SC Distribution.

Stream Fragrant World at First Listen.

Currently on the US leg of their tour, Yeasayer will soon travel to Europe for a string of shows. Dates include FYF Festival and yes, it’s true – Yeasayer is in fact playing the Coachella Cruise alongside Father John Misty, Hot Chip, Warpaint and more. See all tour dates HERE.

Yeasayer rework Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” for his upcoming remix EP. Listen exclusively at Rolling Stone.

“…it can be hard to tell where organic sounds end and electronic wizardry begins – a fitting mystery for a band so preoccupied with humanity’s ever-shifting place in the modern world. From the opening seconds of “Fingers Never Bleed” on, its worldview is fully realized, as a stormily off-kilter arrangement induces an immediate sense of woozy foreboding. Even singer Chris Keating doesn’t quite sound of this world: He might channel David Byrne here and there, but he elsewhere explores a mode of expression that can seem animalistic, even alien.”Stephen Thompson, NPR

Jens Lekman Releases New Video for “I Know What Love Isn’t”

In his new video for “I Know What Love Isn’t,” Jens is placed in stark white room, happily strumming his guitar and singing along to his perfectly crafted pop melodies. Directed by Marcus Soderlund, the video is the title track to Jen’s newest album. The video premiered earlier today on NPR, check it out above or at the link.

I Know What Love Isn’t is out September 4 in the US and on September 3 for UK/EU. Pre-order the album now via SC Distribution or iTunes. The “I Know What Love Isn’t” single is currently available for purchase from iTunes.

In support of his new album, Jen will be touring North America this fall with fellow Swedes and label-mates, Taken By Trees. Check out the full list of tour dates by clicking HERE.

LSTN: Taken By Trees Premiere New Track on NPR

Taken By Trees release a brand new track, “Dreams,” from the forthcoming album Other Worlds. The song is available for streaming and download exclusively at NPR’s All Songs Considered, where it premiered earlier this afternoon. You can pre-order the 12″ single for “Dreams,” which features album, extended instrumental and dub versions of the track, starting today at SC Distribution. Other Worlds isn’t out until October 2, but you can watch the album trailer HERE.

Listen and download “Dreams.”

“I hardly remember my dreams these days. Sometimes, if I am lucky and I wake up very late, I find a thin film of another time or another life. I try desperately to capture this residue of a dream before it quickly fades. But the kind of dream I am referring to in this song is more like a sense of longing, a vision of a place where things are quiet, like floating in the ocean off of Hawaii.” -Victoria Bergsman of Taken By Trees

WATCH: Exitmusic Perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk

Exitmusic stopped by NPR headquarters recently to take part in the Tiny Desk series. What occurred was yet another beautiful performance. Playing songs from their recently released album, Passage, Exitmusic demonstrates that regardless the setting, their live show is a powerful and moving force. Watch above!

The songs of Exitmusic are so romantically rich, they could envelop a cavernous hall. Luckily, the band didn’t defang that cinematic power and anguish in the intimate confines of the NPR Music offices. Here, Exitmusic plays a beautifully buzzing set, marked by vocal nuance and stirring melodies.” -Michael Katzif at NPR

WATCH: Exitmusic Performs “The City” in Empty Concert Hall

ForNoOne.tv shares a new video of Exitmusic performing “The City” in an empty, Chicago concert hall during a soundcheck. Don’t let the setting push you away from watching; Exitmusic proves they can deliver a stellar performance in any setting, crowd or no crowd. The video premiered earlier today on SPIN. Watch HERE.

In other awesome news, NPR just included Exitmusic in Our Favorite Music of the Year (So Far). Listen to the All Songs Considered discussion HERE.

Exitmusic heads back out on tour tomorrow, playing at Toronto’s Wrong Bar with Young Magic, Moon King, Purity Ring & Hundred In The Hands. See all upcoming shows HERE.

AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

Conversations by Woman's Hour

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Electric Youth
Innerworld
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