The xx, Dan Deacon, Frank Ocean And More

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The xx (clockwise from upper left), Cate Le Bon, Frank Ocean and Dan Deacon. (Courtesy of the artists)
The xx (clockwise from upper left), Cate Le Bon, Frank Ocean and Dan Deacon. (Courtesy of the artists)

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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