Angel Olsen released her third album, My Woman, in September 2016. It’s been critically acclaimed, including getting named Best New Music on Pitchfork and Best Albums of the Year on NME. In this episode, Angel Olsen takes apart the song “Shut Up Kiss Me.” She breaks down how she recorded it live in the studio with her band, and how she tried things with her voice that she’d never done before.
The band Oathbreaker formed in 2008 in Belgium. In this episode, Caro and Gilles from the band break down the two-part song that opens their third album, Rheia. These two tracks, 10:56 and Second Son of R., were written and performed as one song. They talk about how and why their sound transformed from a pure hardcore band to something amalgamated with shoegaze, and Caro talks about her own evolution as a vocalist and a lyricist, writing candidly about her own past.
You can buy “10:56” and “Second Son of R.”on iTunes.
James Vincent McMorrow is a singer/songwriter whose first albums fell somewhere on the folk music side of things. But his sound has changed over the years, incorporating elements of R&B and electronic music. On the album We Move, James worked with the producer Nineteen85, whose credits include tracks by Drake and Nicki Minaj. In this episode, James breaks down the song, “Get Low,” from that record and how it was inspired by Clipse, minimalism, and Los Angeles.