Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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CBC Music can't get enough of the Canadian folk-rock duo Whitehorse. (Courtesy of the artist)
CBC Music can't get enough of the Canadian folk-rock duo Whitehorse. (Courtesy of the artist)

This month, hear new music from Hop Along, Emile Haynie, Whitehorse, Leon Bridges and more.

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Emile Haynie.

Emile Haynie.

Magna Carda.

Magna Carda.

Pinkshinyultrablast.

Pinkshinyultrablast.

Leon Bridges.

Leon Bridges.

Inner Oceans.

Inner Oceans.

Pharis and Jason Romero.

Pharis and Jason Romero.

Bearcubs.

Bearcubs.

Whitehorse.

Whitehorse.

Torres.

Torres.

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Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Time now for our music project Heavy Rotation. Each month, we ask public radio hosts and DJs to name a favorite new song. Today, we hear about some new music from Canada.

GRANT LAWRENCE: My name is Grant Lawrence. I'm a host from CBC Music in Canada. And my pick for Heavy Rotation is Whitehorse with their song "Sweet Disaster."

(SOUNDBITE OF WHITEHORSE SONG, "SWEET DISASTER")

LAWRENCE: So this is the kind of song that you want to listen to when you're having a dinner party for two - the lights are dimmed, the candles are lit; you put on this song and let the evening roll out.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET DISASTER")

WHITEHORSE: (Singing) Galileo was bluffing. It's just a mess out here. There's no compass to guide us through the flashes of violence and fear.

LAWRENCE: Whitehorse is a band that is also a married couple. They're singer-songwriters Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. And they had their own separate solo careers, really successful singer-songwriter solo careers on a relative level, you know? But then they realized, you know, the two of them together were a greater force than the two of them apart, so they also formed a union of rock 'n' roll.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET DISASTER")

WHITEHORSE: (Singing) You will get the best of me. Worlds collide, it's a recipe for disaster.

LAWRENCE: Whitehorse is a really unusual band because it's just the two of them. They never added, you know, a backline of drums or bass, extra members, but they also deliver a full-band sound. So how do they do that? Well, Luke Doucet, the incredible virtuoso guitarist sets up a drum set that he can play with his feet, which is a sight to be seen. Melissa McClelland switches around between guitar and a really driving bass, and it creates this really full, almost hypnotic voodoo sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF WHITEHORSE SONG, "SWEET DISASTER")

LAWRENCE: Well, this song that I chose, "Sweet Disaster," is a perfect Whitehorse song because it drips in nostalgia. I mean, this song has got kind of a Ben E. King "Stand By Me" feel. It's got kind of a film noir aspect to it as well. It's very cinematic, and Melissa McClelland's voice - smoky, beautiful, sultry - this is a great introduction to Whitehorse.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET DISASTER")

WHITEHORSE: (Singing) You will get the best of me. Worlds collide...

INSKEEP: Grant Lawrence is a music host with the CBC. And his pick for Heavy Rotation is "Sweet Disaster" by Whitehorse. You can find more recommendations at npr.org/music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET DISASTER")

WHITEHORSE: (Singing) Sweet, light years and a pocket watch. You can't get close enough to the rhythm of solitude...

INSKEEP: This is NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.