Sonos launches new digital radio station with heavyweight curators

California-based audio giant, Sonos, is now in the radio game as its aptly named service, Sonos Radio, launched April 21 in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Australia. This free-to-use station also flaunts a roster of titanic curators primed to permit a glimpse into their world-renowned musical inclinations.

The alternative provocateur Thom Yorke, new-wave kingpin David Byrne, and the howling southern belle Brittany Howard are just three of the hosts set to host their own programs as a part of this fledgling broadcast endeavor.

Specifically referring to Yorke’s station, it will run for 24 hours a day under the title In Absence Thereof. He describes the selections for this station as music “that fascinates or moves me, what obsesses me, challenges me, opens new doors, reminds me of what I might have forgotten, is insanely complex or elegantly simple, violent, messy, heavy or light. Whatever has hit me over the head basically. It may be new or old or just dug up again.”

Beyond the specially curated stations, Sonos Radio will include genre-based stations as well as sports and news. Sonos’ signature station is called Sonos Sound System. Read an official description for the flagship channel below:

Sonos’ signature ad-free station, curated and hosted by the Sonos team, features a stream of new and well-known music, behind-the-scenes stories, as well as guest artist radio hours from the likes of Angel Olsen (4/22), JPEGMAFIA (4/29), Phoebe Bridgers, Nancy Whang, Jamila Woods, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Parker, Khruangbin, Soccer Mommy, Vagabon, Vegyn and Whitney. A 60-minute artist hosted radio hour is released every Wednesday, featuring music and commentary about inspiring artists, releases, and the host’s latest work.

Featured image: David Jensen

H/T: Consequence Of Sound