All Songs Considered
5:54 am
Tue July 17, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening, From The xx, Dan Deacon, Frank Ocean And More

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 8:34 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hear the first new song from The xx since the group's stunning debut in 2009. "Angels" is a sensitive love song, and fantastically sparse in instrumentation, aside from a booming bass.

Also on the show: a masterfully restrained song from Frank Ocean's first full-length studio album; a premiere of the song "Counter Charm" from the Brooklyn-based duo, She Keeps Bees; euphoric electro-pop from Passion Pit; the wildly infectious artist Dan Deacon and his ecstatic new album, America; Iranian-Canadian producer Amirali; Canadian country singer Corb Lund; and singer Cate Le Bon channels Nico.

Listen to the entire discussion above and hear the individual tracks played below.

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