Episode 189: Waxahatchee

“Fire”

 

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Katie Crutchfield is a singer and songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She’s been making music under the name Waxahatchee since 2010. Her fifth album, Saint Cloud, came out this past March. Pitchfork named it Best New Music, and The Guardian called it the best album of the year so far. In this episode, Katie breaks down how she made the song “Fire.”

You can buy or stream “Fire” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Brad Cook – producer
Bonny Doon – band
Sonic Ranch – studio

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Episode 188: Khruangbin

“So We Won’t Forget”

 

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Khruangbin is a band from Houston, Texas, who first formed in 2010. NME called them the “low key superstars” of psychedelic music. They’ve released three albums. The most recent, which came out in June 2020, is called Mordechai.

In the past, most of Khruangbin’s songs have been instrumental, or if they did have vocals, they’d be minimal. Their new album is different. It features vocals prominently, and in this episode, the three of them explain their philosophy on vocals, and their process on writing lyrics. I spoke to each of them to get their perspective on how they made the song “So We Won’t Forget.”

You can buy or stream “So We Won’t Forget” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Khushi” – Nazia Hassan
Steve Christensen – engineer
Synare drum synthesizer
The NeverEnding Story II

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Episode 187: Apparat

“Goodbye”

 

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The Netflix original series Dark debuted in December 2017. It’s a really mysterious, mind-bending German science fiction show with a unique tone. A big part of that tone is announced every episode with the music in the show’s opening title sequence. It’s the song “Goodbye,” by German electronic artist Apparat, the solo project of Sascha Ring. This song actually came out years ago, on the 2011 Apparat album The Devil’s Walk. Since then, before it was used as the theme song for Dark, it’s been featured in a bunch of films and commercials, and notably, in the Season 4 finale of Breaking Bad.

The final season of Dark just came out last week, so I wanted to find out how the show’s theme music was made. “Goodbye” features vocals from Anja Plaschg, an Austrian artist who makes music under the name Soap&Skin. In this episode, Sascha and Anja break down how the song was created.

You can buy or stream “Goodbye” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Dark on Netflix
“Goodbye” in Breaking Bad
Thomas Golubić, Breaking Bad music supervisor
PC Nackt, co-producer
“Mr. Gaunt Pt 1000” by Soap&Skin

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