Episode 133: Kimbra

“Top of the World”

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Kimbra is a singer from New Zealand. Her first album came out in 2011, and in 2013 she won two Grammys for her collaboration with Gotye, the multiplatinum hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” In this episode, Kimbra breaks down a song from 2018 called “Top of the World,” a song she also made in collaboration—this time with artists Skrillex and Diplo.

Buy or stream “Top of the World” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Anderson .Paak
Vic Mensa
John Congleton – Producer
Lars Horntveth
Prophet V Synthesizer

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Episode 129: Moses Sumney

“Quarrel”

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Moses Sumney is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. His first album, Aromanticism, came out in September 2017, but before that, he’d already worked with an impressive and diverse list of collaborators, from Sufjan Stevens, to Solange, to Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to Skrillex.

That spirit continues with the song Moses takes apart in this episode, which has contributions from producer Cam O’bi, Paris Strother, and legendary bassist Thundercat.

You can get “Quarrel” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Brandee Younger (harpist) – NPR Video
Stereolab
Radiohead
Joanna Newsom

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Episode 128: Bleachers

“I Miss Those Days”

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Bleachers is the moniker of Jack Antonoff, a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He won two Grammy awards as a member of the band fun., and another for his production work on Taylor Swift’s album 1989. He’s also co­-written songs with St. Vincent, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lorde, Sia, and more.

In June 2017, Antonoff released his second album as Bleachers, Gone Now. In this episode, he breaks down a song from that album, called “I Miss Those Days” and traces the process of making it—from the original demo, to the final song.

You can get “I Miss Those Days” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Emu Emulator II
Tubular bells
Vocoder

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