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All Songs Considered New Mix: Daniel Norgren, Amanda Palmer and more

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This week’s show is made possible by a generous amount of existential anxiety. This includes the ego-destroying rock anthem “I Don’t Matter At All,” from the Toronto band Pkew Pkew Pkew, and an epic life manifesto from Amanda Palmer called “The Ride” – a ten-minute oration about the crippling effects of unbridled and rampant fear.

But we’ve also got some horn-powered instrumental rock from New York’s Afro-soul group The Budos Band, and a beautiful, blood-slowing song from the Swedish singer Daniel Norgren, an artist who takes inspiration from the sounds of a creaking floor in an old flour mill.The Flow

Daniel Norgren ‘The Flow’

Haven’t experienced the lush forests of the Swedish countryside? Allow the multi-instrumentalist Daniel Norgren to paint you a picture. “The Flow” is a nearly seven-minute long arrangement that creates a transportive soundscape, combining field recordings (notably, creaking sounds from the floor boards of a flour mill), analog instrumentation, and more.

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Amanda Palmer ‘The Ride’

Describing existence in simple metaphor is no easy feat. The late American stand-up comedian Bill Hicks put it this way: “The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are — and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice.” Such is the source of inspiration for the singer Amanda Palmer on her new song “The Ride,” a sprawling lullaby for the ups and downs of human experience.