Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 9:06 am
The Baltimore duo Matmos crafts a unique brand of experimental pop music. Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt use abstract instrumentation like elk whistles, balloons and bowls of water to create their rich sound, which makes for a performance unlike any other we've seen on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Matmos recently joined us to perform songs from its latest album, The Marriage of True Minds.
Tuareg bands are natural rockers. These desert nomads have a history of harsh physical challenges, long separations, nostalgia and rebellion — elements that give their music gritty authenticity. There's something about their ambling, tuneful songs that fits perfectly with the bite and snarl of electric guitars.
When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., James Brown used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.
This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a haphazard musical journey across the globe to share their favorite new discoveries. Manchester's The 1975 start things off with the band's punchy song called "Sex." Then we head to Brooklyn for soul singer Charles Bradley, who keeps things heated with "You Put The Flame On It," a track from his upcoming album Victim Of Love.