Episode 192: Kelly Lee Owens

“On”

 

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Kelly Lee Owens is an electronic music producer and songwriter originally from Wales. She’s released two critically acclaimed albums and done remixes for Björk and St. Vincent. Her most recent album is is called Inner Song. It came out in August, following what Kelly described as the hardest three years of her life. In this episode, she takes apart her song “On,” and explains how its tone and shifts mirrored her journey processing her own trauma.

You can buy or stream “On” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
The Prodigy
James Greenwood – collaborator

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Episode 191: Black Pumas

“Colors”

 

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Black Pumas formed in Austin, Texas in 2017, when singer Eric Burton met producer Adrian Quesada. Their self-titled debut was released in June 2019, and got them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. In this episode, they break down their hit song “Colors,” which Eric started writing ten years ago, when he was first learning how to play guitar.

You can buy or stream “Colors” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Roland Space Echo delay unit
The Soul Supporters – backing vocalists

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Episode 190: The 1975

“The Birthday Party”


The 1975 are a band from Manchester, England, made up of Matty Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel. They started playing music together in 2002, when they were teenagers. Since then, they’ve released four albums, won three Brit awards, and got two Grammy nominations. Their most recent album, Notes on a Conditional Form, came out in May 2020. In this episode, Matty and George break down how they made the song “The Birthday Party.”

You can buy or stream “The Birthday Party” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
OP-1 synthesizer
John Waugh – saxophonist

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