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Noah Klein constructs a kind of pop “between escapist dreaming and reason”, as No Fear of Pop so thoughtfully posited two years ago—not just a safe haven but a “nucleus for the emergence of true consciousness.”

In-person, like his music suggests, Noah radiates an inviting aura. It’s been proven waterproof, most memorably under a rainbow parachute on the roof of FMLY Fest 2013. And again last Tuesday as he stood in the rain outside Newtown’s studio, shielded only by the guitar case on his back. Any worries heading into Episode 38 were left right there at the door. Bleeding from the walls of the neighboring practice space, a shoegaze-y band played with impressive stamina and volume. Noah confronted them with crickets, neutralizing the noise over a short set of new Cuddle Formation material (followed seamlessly by a playlist to finish the first hour). Upon playback, the unaffected recording confirms his (noise-proof) poise throughout.

[Live performance by Cuddle Formation, DJ set begins around 14:00]
Anonymous – Wishes of Welcome
Amagugu Akwazulu – Shaka Mamba
Yoshimi & Yuka – ha wa ii na
Lucky Dragons – Mbira Adventure
Imari – ♡
Sister Grotto – Pieta (Reighnbeau edit)
Sea Oleena – Adore U (Miley Cyrus cover)
Ember Island – Where Are ü Now (Justin Bieber cover)
Nawang Khechog – Becoming More Peaceful
Kotamo – Marshmallow Clouds
~ rain ~ – Game Over (Chindamo remix)

[00:49:00 – end, Hour 2: Freeform S&S]
Françoise Hardy – Voila
She-Devils – COME
Stereolab – Chemical Chords
Loto Retina – Agilité
Cindy Lee – Power and Possession
Ian William Craig – Habit Worn and Wandering
catt p – Eleven
Quicksails – Find Flux
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – The Sun Roars Into View
Caroline Polachek – The Boy Who I’ll See Again
Specimens + Daniel Weismayr + Lucie Rox – Water and Concrete
Jake Xerxes Fussell – Star Girl

Thanks, Noah (and Anthony). S&S Radio is every other Tuesday night on Newtown Radio.

Dreams of Bermuda


The snap of twigs and huff and puff of young lungs stumbling down the winding island trail. A girl leans into the sea-spray, securing her clips against the breeze. Whispering, the water falls, concealing the quartz cave, they trace along the familiar place. They wander for hours, tip-toeing around nests full of eggs, ceasely flicking the specks of pollen floating in the air. Dashing through the Moon Gate, beyond the crystal clearing, to the turquoise fishing holes, to the foreboding fountains of old. Oleander shrubs shimmy/shake it, dishing bouquet high-fives to the uptight stalagmites, left hanging. Those stones aren’t down, too priggish, dismissive. The eucalyptus knows, and boos and hisses.

By the hole, this pool, a sudden fountain. Slurp, the gang ages. Sagging laughter and the comic abundance of crease. Giggle at the new found flubber jiggle. “Look you guys! Look how our skin can wiggle!” Rollicking and splashing in the basin. One boy tips his hat, dips his jaw, and spurts a squirt at chronology. His dentures slip, prehensile tongue flicking them against the clock’s face: sand in the hour glass laughs like a newborn granddad.


Noah Klein and Emily Reo are two of our favorite artists, and overall human beings. While the couple’s recording projects have co-existed for years this is actually the first time they’ve come together on a finished piece (mixed/mastered by Miles Coe). Soon they’ll embark on an extended return-to-the-east-coast tour. And friends are welcome to help host it: more details here.

Dreams is an ongoing project where we ask our favorite artists to create a piece of music inspired by a handmade collage.