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Allele Diane & Ryan Francesconi have shared a haunting new video for Shapeless, one of the stand-out tracks on their new collaborative album Cold Moon which was officially released yesterday.

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A bumper round up this week – new songs from The Decemberists, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Saintseneca, the mighty Killing Joke, cover songs from Iron & Wine and Okkervil River and plenty more besides.

  1. The Decemberists – Why Would I Now?
  2. Saintseneca – River
  3. Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Shapeless
  4. Killing Joke – I Am The Virus
  5. The Lovely Eggs – Goofing’ Around (In Lancashire)
  6. Wolf Alice – Baby Ain’t Made Of China
  7. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Mississippi It’s Time
  8. The Mantles – Police My Love
  9. Iron & Wine – Albuquerque (Neil Young cover)
  10. Okkervil River – I’m In Love With Susan Smith (Tom House cover)

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Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Cold Moon

Singer/songwriter (and longtime MM fave) Alela Diane and guitarist Ryan Francesconi have uniquely collaborated to create Cold Moon.

The two musicians talked at a friend’s show in October 2014, chatting about how they were both experiencing creative standstills. Ryan was lacking inspiration to make more instrumental music, and Alela was at a loss for how to dive into writing a new record after the birth of her daughter. A few days later, Ryan asked Alela if she would be into collaborating and then sent her several recordings of intricate, beautiful guitar pieces. Alela listened on repeat while staring out the window at the changing leaves, initially unsure how to sing even a note over what she heard. Eventually, something clicked. Words came first, and with words, melody followed.

The first taste comes with the beautifully fragile and understated The Sun Today.

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