The long, hot summer comes to an end today — according to the calendar, at least — and here at World Cafe, we're beginning to get into the spirit of the changing seasons. Feeling the autumnal vibes, we've selected some of our favorite songs that reflect the transition to the cooler days of fall.
Listen below for season-appropriate songs by Joanna Newsom, Simon & Garfunkel, Yo La Tengo and more.
The California band Dawes has released several albums of breezy Golden State guitar rock centered on Taylor Goldsmith's emotionally loaded songs. Those songs are filled with statements that are irresistibly uplifting when heard in a crowd. (Think "anyone that's making anything new only breaks something else" from "When My Time Comes.")
The North Carolina band River Whyless is made up of four virtuoso musicians: Ryan O'Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters and Daniel Shearin. What makes them — and their new album, We All The Light -- so special is how the four talents work together. For instance, in making the new album, they say they'd often write separate sections of music individually and craft them into one new song together.
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry recorded much of their new album, Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad, during a four-day rail trip, stopping to use the natural acoustics at train stations across the country.
Middle Kids, a three-piece band from Sydney, Australia, is just starting out — but, as you'll hear from its first two singles, it's already come quite a long way. Lead singer Hannah Joy's voice has the emotional range to carry these fine, accomplished songs. Listen in the player above and get in on the ground floor with Middle Kids before the band releases its first EP later this fall.
Don't let the name fool you: The Portland, Ore., band Joseph is a trio of sisters, none of whom are called Joseph. They're actually Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner, who named their band after the Oregon town where their grandfather Jo once lived. Natalie was the Closner sister responsible for the group's formation; after she'd begun writing and performing, she realized how much more powerful the music could be with the addition of her siblings' voices.
The story goes that when he was 16 years old, Bob Weir met Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip began. Now, with the forthcoming release of Blue Mountain, Weir's first new solo album since 1978's Heaven Helps The Fool, comes a little pre-Dead history.
Those who have followed Local Natives since the release of its debut, Gorilla Manor, in 2009 --- or for even longer, since the band had formed in Los Angeles years earlier — can't help but notice how the band has constantly toyed with its sound. For its second album, 2013's Hummingbird, Local Natives switched things up by working with producer Aaron Dessner of The National.
The Brazilian artist Céu started off studying classical music before discovering the beauty of Brazilian guitar music. Now, the singer from São Paulo has turned to electronics on her latest album, Tropix, whose title hints at her intent to blend tropical music with synths and loops. São Paulo is a vibrant musical center, and Céu discusses the opportunities that living there has given her in this interview.
The Seattle band The Head and the Heart had major success with its second album, Let's Be Still, which came out on Sub Pop in 2013. Its folk-pop sound, superior harmonies and fine writing struck a chord with audiences and sent the band on the road for over a year.