Song Exploder: Season 1

Song Exploder: Season 1

Song Exploder: Season 1

Based on the popular podcast from Hrishikesh Hirway, hit musicians like Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ty Dolla $ign share their creative processes in this music docu-series.

2020USANetflix
DocumentaryMusic

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
2 October 2020

Alicia Keys - 3 Hour Drive

Far from her newborn son, Alicia Keys collaborates with Sampha, who has just lost his mother. Together, they give a longing melody life.

EPISODE 1.2
2 October 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda - Wait for It

In his quest to capture Aaron Burr's voice, Lin-Manuel Miranda finds his lines on the subway. Many breathless choruses later, can he relate to Burr?

EPISODE 1.3
2 October 2020

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

No obvious chorus plus a lead mandolin and handclaps equals the least likely chart-topper of the '90s. R.E.M. looks back at the life-changing track.

EPISODE 1.4
2 October 2020

Ty Dolla $ign - LA

Ty Dolla $ign pens a verse in minutes, picks up multiple instruments and brings in Kendrick Lamar and Brandy for this moving love song to his city.

Song Exploder: Season 1 / Reviews

NPR

NPR

These four Netflix episodes work great as a proof-of-concept, the only caveat being that it is not an ideal medium for discovering new music.

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The Age

The Age

Hirway is a terrific host, striking an attitude with his subjects that sits midway between easy and awkward. He's curious and informed, but never fawning.

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