Episode 89: Jóhann Jóhannsson

“Heptapod B” from the ‘Arrival’ score

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This episode is part of a series I’m doing over the next few months, highlighting film music that I think could and should be considered for an Oscar. These awards episodes are presented in partnership with New York Magazine’s site Vulture. For more, go to vulture.com/awards.

In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays a linguist trying to decode an alien language. The score was composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, his third film collaborating with director Denis Villeneuve. In this episode, Johann breaks down a piece from the score called “Heptapod B,” and how, like the film, it revolves around the concept of language.

You can buy “Heptabod B”, or the entire official soundtrack on iTunes.

Arrival trailer

footnotes
Joan La Barbara – “Erin”
György Ligeti – “Requiem” (as used in 2001: A Space Odyssey)

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Episode 88: Flatbush Zombies

“Bounce”

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Flatbush Zombies are a hip hop trio from Brooklyn that formed in 2010. Their album 3001: A Laced Odyssey came out in 2016, and debuted in the top ten on the Billboard charts. Erick the Architect is one of the three MCs in the band, and he’s also the group’s producer. In this episode, Erick breaks down how their song “Bounce” was made.

You can buy “Bounce”on iTunes.

footnotes
Bibio – “The Palm of Your Wave (Bibio Remix)”

“Bounce” music video

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Episode 56: Youth Lagoon

“The Knower”

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Youth Lagoon is the moniker of Trevor Powers, who has been releasing albums under the name since 2011. In this episode, Trevor breaks down “The Knower,” the lead single from his newest record, Savage Hills Ballroom. He talks about how the idea for the song started by manipulating sampled vocals, and how he flew to Bristol to record the album with producer Ali Chant.

Buy “The Knower” on iTunes.

Watch the music video:

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This episode is sponsored by Hover (use offer code LAGOON), Sony Legacy Recordings presenting the new Bob Dylan Box set, andMeUndies.

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