Episode 21: Julia Holter

“Horns Surrounding Me”

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Julia Holter studied composition, and in the song “Horns Surrounding Me,” she arranges not only acoustic and electronic instruments, but also layers of ambient field recordings and background noise. The song was released in 2013 on her acclaimed album Loud City Song. In this episode, Julia deconstructs the recording, and talks about what she did to evoke a feeling of fear in both the music and the way she sang, changing her voice on different parts of the song to create character and texture.

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The song playing when Brian Ferry sings is Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.”

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Episode 20: Valley Lodge

“Go” (Theme to “Last Week Tonight”)

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Dave Hill is a comedian and host of his own podcast which, like Song Exploder, is on the Maximum Fun network. He’s also the frontman of the band Valley Lodge. In this episode, Dave will deconstruct the Valley Lodge song Go, which you might recognize as the opening credits of the HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. This is a special episode produced for MaxFunWeek, seven days of celebrating the community of listeners and shows that make up the Maximum Fun podcast network.

Buy “Go” on iTunes.

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