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Rahill and Beck take you down the rabbit hole on trippy new track

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by a member of our music team.

Rahill Jamalifard might not be a household name (yet), but the guest on her latest single is. “Fables” features Beck on backing vocals and acoustic guitar for a trip-hop-y, chilled-out pop song filled with synths and sunbeams, chimes and rhymes, all tied together with a playful beat.

Some folks might recognize Rahill from her time spent in indie garage-psych band Habibi. But if she’s new to you, check out her work as the lead singer for that outfit, which is heavily influenced by the ’60s and ’70s Iranian pop music she grew up with, helping it reach the ears of a new generation.

Growing up in Michigan, Rahill not only listened to songs from her parents’ record collection, she also absorbed the works of writers like Rumi thanks to her poetry-loving grandfather. Now based in upstate New York, Rahill’s blend of jazz, trip-hop and folk decorates her own music full of influences from east to west.

“Fables” will appear on Rahill’s debut album, Flowers At Your Feet, due out May 12 on Big Dada Records. But you can listen to it right here, and on 88Nine by tuning your FM dial in Milwaukee or streaming worldwide on our website and mobile app.

This week’s other adds

  • “Familiarity,” Teezo Touchdown
  • “Angelcover,” The New Pornographers
  • “Bon Voyage,” Chiiild
  • “Grand Junction,” The Hold Steady
88Nine Music Director / On-Air Talent | Radio Milwaukee