Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer and songwriter from Colorado. He’s released four solo albums, and two with his band, the Night Sweats.
Those two Night Sweats albums were produced by Richard Swift, who passed away in 2018. In a statement, his family said that he “suffered from alcohol addiction, and it’s ultimately what took his life.” Nathaniel Rateliff’s new solo album, And It’s Still Alright, was supposed to be produced by Richard Swift, as well, but Richard died before they could work together again. In this episode, Nathaniel breaks down the title track, which was inspired by his own complicated relationship with alcohol, and by his friendship with Richard Swift.
But his success in Korea has been complicated a little by what he wanted to do with his career versus what he felt he was allowed to do. As his career as an artist has evolved, he’s gotten closer and closer to making the music he wants to make. In November 2019, Eric released Before We Begin, his first album entirely in English. In this episode, Eric Nam and producer Rabitt break down a song from that album called “Love Die Young.”
Sophie Allison makes music under the name Soccer Mommy. Her debut album came out in 2018, when she was 20 years old, and the New York Times named it one of the best albums of the year. Her second album, Color Theory, comes out this week, and it includes this song, “Circle the Drain.” In this episode, she takes “Circle the Drain” apart and explains how it was influenced by songs from her childhood.