Song Exploder

Hrishikesh Hirway

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.

Our Editor's Take

Song Exploder is a podcast that opens its audience to new ways of listening. Songs touch people, move people, and even change their lives. They are ancient and central to the human experience. And though a song is always playing, there's so much that goes unheard. What is a song, really, and what is it that makes a good one so meaningful? What makes it a hit? These are the questions this podcast is here to answer.

Song Exploder takes on the mysteries of songwriting, one song at a time. Host Hrishikesh Hirway, who also produces the show, introduces a different artist's song in each episode. After a bit of background on the artist and song of choice, a small part of the song plays. Then, the artist takes the mic. Though the strategy is formulaic, no episode is ever the same.

Listeners can expect deep dives into classic favorites. They'll also gain insight into songs they've never heard before. A fun mix of genres, artists, and themes, Song Exploder leaves no musical stone unturned. In each episode, artists talk about inspiration and their creative process. They discuss what makes their composition so unique by breaking down the lyrics, themes, and sounds in the song. Listeners will come away with a changed perspective on the sounds that surround them.

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