You can always count on NPR for great new music. And this week is no different, with new albums from both Nico Muhly and Bon Iver up for stream.
Even if you don’t know who Nico Muhly is, there’s a good chance you’ve heard his work before. The instrumental master has worked with Grizzly Bear and Jonsi; has contributed scores to film and theater and plays the occasional guest during The National’s live appearances. If you like Clogs, you’ll love Nico Muhly.
Stream Seeing Is Believing here; it drops 21/6.
And then there’s Bon Iver. There aren’t many words distinct and accurate enough to describe Justin Vernon. He’s intense, yet comforting; afraid but brave. More lush and atmospheric than the stripped-down, hauntingly beautiful For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver’s sophomore is a collection of reconstructed memories of places and times when life (and music) becomes a cleansing, almost spiritual experience.
Stream Bon Iver here; it drops 21/6.