“When Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon saw the Norwegian band Highasakite play at Norway’s Oya Festival in 2012, he fell in love. Now the band has covered one of their friend and touring partner’s songs with a gorgeous rendition of ‘Heavenly Father,’ a track Vernon originally recorded for Zach Braff’s 2014 film Wish I Was Here. Bob believes the single, which showcases Helene Håvik’s beautiful voice, is even more majestic than the original.” (via NPR All Songs Considered)
A few picks from NPR: All Songs Considered…
“The number one album of 2013 was Dormarion by Telekinesis. I have a hard time thinking of anyone who’s doing pop music now better than Michael Benjamin Lerner. Love the tension, the restraint, build and dramatic release in these cuts, especially on this opening song, ‘Power Lines.” via Robin Hilton, NPR: All Songs Considered
“Man’ is a thrilling, gender-bending, fun and funny anthem, and certainly the grabbiest moment on The Worse Things Get… But the rest of the album delves deeper and more provocatively into a brilliant and complex mind: Neko Case has wrapped her luxuriantly powerful voice around some terrific songs in her time, but she’s never wrapped it around statements this bold, or nerves this exposed. When, in her cover of a Nico ballad, Case sings “You are beautiful and you are alone,” the loneliness and beauty are profound enough to overwhelm.”
“A perfect mix of music and performance art, the voice/stories/songs of Khaela Maricich match beautifully with the electronic backbone/textures of Melissa Dyne. This is a spare record that I found a refreshing counterbalance to the world of electronica, where the incessant beats can be both amazing and suffocating. The Blow is a breath of fresh air.” via Bob Boilen, NPR: All Songs Considered
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