Episode 156: Sharon Van Etten

“Seventeen”
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Sharon Van Etten is a singer and songwriter who’s put out five albums. She’s also an actress–she’s in The OA and Twin Peaks. Her most recent album, Remind Me Tomorrow, came out in January 2019. In this episode, Sharon breaks down a single from that album called “Seventeen.” She shares the original demo she made with the song’s co-writer Kate Davis, and we’ll hear from producer John Congleton, who helped craft Sharon’s new, more electronic sound.

Buy or stream “Seventeen” here, and watch the music video below. You can buy her album, Remind Me Tomorrow on vinyl here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Zebulon
“Wandering Star” – Portishead
“Ghost Rider” – Suicide
“Skeleton Tree” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Heather Woods Broderick – Backing Vocals

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Episode 155: Nakhane

“New Brighton” (feat. Anohni)

 

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Nakhane is a singer and songwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. His first album, Brave Confusion, won the South African Music Award for best alternative album in 2014. He starred in the award-winning film “The Wound,” which was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Nakhane’s second album was originally released in 2018, and then released in the US in 2019, as a deluxe version. The deluxe version includes this song, “New Brighton,” featuring guest vocals from Anohni. In this episode, as Nakhane breaks the song down, he talks about his complicated relationship with Christianity, why the song wasn’t on the original version of the album, and what it was like to work with one of his musical heroes.

Buy or stream “New Brighton” here, and watch the music video below.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” – Hugh Masekela
“The National Anthem” – Radiohead
Port Elizabeth
Fort Frederick
“Hope There’s Someone” – Antony & the Johnsons

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Episode 154: Mumford & Sons

“Beloved”

 

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Mumford & Sons are a Grammy-winning band that formed in London in 2007. They’ve put out four albums, and sold millions of copies. Their last three albums have all debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The most recent of those albums is Delta, which came out in November 2018. The band is made up of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane, and in this episode, Marcus and Ben break down a song from Delta called “Beloved.” You’ll how the song went from Marcus’s original raw voice memo to the intricate finished track.

You can buy or stream “Beloved” here, and buy Delta on vinyl here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Hammond Organ
Paul Epworth
“Six Pianos” – Steve Reich
Yamaha DX
Voicelive Harmonizer
Yebba

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