NPR MUSIC STREAMS FIRST LISTENS FROM BECK, ST. VINCENT, NENEH CHERRY, THE NOTWIST & DEATH VESSEL

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This week, NPR Music is offering some of the season's most anticipated new albums through its First Listen series. Starting today, fans can stream new music from Beck, Neneh Cherry, The Notwist and Death Vessel followed Wednesday by the latest from St. Vincent. All of these First Listen albums are available for on-demand listening – before their release – at www.npr.org/music and in the NPR Music mobile apps.

Beck
Since his breakthrough in the mid-'90s, Beck has experimented with innumerable sounds and genres. He recently recorded an album and scrapped the whole thing, and wrote a record's worth of sheet music and released it for fans to perform themselves. Now, Beck is back, reunited with the musicians behind 2002's Sea Change for his first album since 2008. Hear Morning Phase and Beck's interview with All Songs Considered now.

Death Vessel
It's been six years since Joel Thibodeau released an album as part of his indie-folk project Death Vessel. In that time, he's toured with Iron & Wine and José González. For his latest record, Island Intervals, the Berlin-born, New England-bred singer traveled to Reykjavik and teamed up with Sigur Ros' Jonsi to record the album.

Neneh Cherry
Singer-songwriter and rapper Neneh Cherry rose to international fame with her dance-pop hits in the late 1980s and '90s. In the time since, she's appeared on tracks with punk rockers, trip-hop pioneers and African pop icons, and recorded an album of covers with a trio of Scandinavian jazz musicians dubbed The Thing. Cherry's new Blank Project is her first solo album in 18 years.

St. Vincent
Fresh off a tour with David Byrne for their collaborative album Love This Giant, Annie Clark isn't slowing down. Speaking about her new self-titled album on All Songs Considered, the imaginative musician noted that she's not concerned about "re-creating the old lexicon of rock guitar." Listen to the new musical lexicon she's developing with St. Vincent. (Available Wednesday, February 19 at NPR Music)

The Notwist
The German band The Notwist has been around since the late '80s, and in the last quarter-century has taken its music and fans through the worlds of hardcore punk and electronica, acoustic indie-pop and beyond. The group continues to refine its sound on its first album since 2008, Close to the Glass.

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