Every week, we load new songs into our music library for Overcast Radio. Below are five standouts we added last week.

From Halifax: beauts — “After All”

As far as catchy pop-rock anthems go, this one’s gold. And if you like it, you can download it for free or as much as you’d like by clicking here.

From Newfoundland: Matthew Hornell & the Strangers — “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”

Matt Hornell is going through a bluegrass phase, and it fits him like a glove. He is as at home in the genre as is a piece of hay in the mouth of a cowboy. For his new self-titled EP, he gathered resophonic guitar guru Andrew Sneddon, and members of Canadian bluegrass group The Unseen Strangers. They picked 5 songs Monday night, and recorded them live off the floor the next morning in an old church.

From The US: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell — “No Way Out of Here”

Modern-day legend Iron & Wine paired up with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to record a cover album entitled Sing into My Mouth (a line from the opening Talking Heads’ track). It’s a collection of relatively obscure songs, and eclectic in the ground they cover from Talking Heads, to JJ Cale, to Bonnie Raitt. While both musicians have recreated these songs together, and play on each track, they share the mic almost song for song. It’s a great, solid album, not a half-assed side project, and sounds different than either of their existing catalogues (though more Iron & Wine than Band of Horses).

From Toronto: Midday Swim ”Either Way”

This Toronto band about a year ago “at a lakefront cabin in the backwoods of Ontario. At the time, we really didn’t know what we were working on; we were just sort of doing it. David had already written 10 or 12 songs on his own terms and so we were just up there working them out, enjoying each other’s company, going swimming in the middle of the day, and having camp fires at night.”

From Chicago: Wilco — “Random Name Generator”

Americana legends Wilco released Star Wars last week, and for a limited time, it was available for free. It’s an eclectic batch of songs reminiscent of Yankee Foxtrot Hotel’s un-pinnable genre.

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