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Willow Smith's post-election hope, Gordi's Boni Iver cover, The Landing's groovy space tunes and more in our musical round-up

Animal Collective: Mountain Game Originally recorded (but never used) for 2010’s Red Dead Redemption video game, Animal Collective’s “Mountain Game” throws back to their Merriweather Post Pavilion-style pop artistry. Bearing all the musical nuances we’ve come to love from the band, the track’s greatest surprise happens to be its pure beauty; it’s gentler than their more chaotic (but organized) works and incorporates soothing harmonies. We …

Wilough (Willow Smith): November 9th

The sublime Willow Smith, working under the name Wilough, has released a song inspired by last week’s election, but unlike many artists’ responses, the 16-year-old’s song is full of hope and beauty. Titled “November 9th,” Smith’s short (under two minutes) but sweet track is tender and minimal. With lyrics including, “Take my hand and you will see / Sadness and anger aren’t everything,” the song …