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Avishai Cohen's 'Teardrop' from Big Vicious makes NPR: All Songs Considered 'best new songs you've missed during quarantine

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We seek comfort in the familiar, and I get that. But we all tend to love what we know and not know what we might love. And so on this edition of All Songs Considered, we play a mix of new music mostly from artists you've likely never heard, on 'The Best New Songs You've Missed During Quarantine.' The segment includes; 

Jerry Paper is, in the words of NPR's Andrew Flanagan, "a lovable goofball." Jerry Paper's song "Puppeteer" is about the monotony and terror of captivity, which sounds scarier than it is and fitting for our homebound lives. Ben Lukas Boysen makes music I can best describe as inner peace, while Avishai Cohen & Big Vicious create a spacious and thoughtful version of Massive Attack's "Teardrop." We close the show with a song from Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, a band that makes mystery and space for thoughtful reflection, refracted through their wild imagination.

Charismatic trumpeter Avishai Cohen launched his homegrown band Big Vicious six years ago, after relocating from the US to his native Israel, rounding up friends to shape the music from the ground up. Guitarist Uzi Ramirez, bassist Jonathan Albalak and drummer Aviv Cohen write much of the material together with Avishai. Ziv Ravitz, from Avishai's acoustic quartet, was recruited as second drummer a year ago. "We're all coming from jazz, but some of us left it earlier", Avishai says, summing up the stylistic reach of his cohorts. "Everyone's bringing in their backgrounds, and that becomes part of the sound of the band." Textures from electronica, ambient music and psychedelia are part of the blend, so too grooves and beats from rock, pop, trip-hop and more. A wide-open approach to cover versions - from Massive Attack to Beethoven - is also integral to the Vicious vision. Recorded in Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in August 2019 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Big Vicious's debut album is issued as the band gears up for extensive international touring.

Joining Bob Boilen on this week's episode, along with Andrew Flanagan, is NPR Music's Suraya Mohamed and our resident viking, Lars Gotrich. READ THE FULL ARTICLE