What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About R.E.M.

Murmur (Pt. 1)

November 27, 2023 Adam Scott Glasspool, Steve Murphy, Lucas Way Season 6 Episode 4
What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About R.E.M.
Murmur (Pt. 1)
Show Notes

The Big Mates discuss small waveforms, portmanteaus, Muse, and Murmur by R.E.M.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by starting their track-by-track analysis on the band's debut album, released in 1983. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between.

They touch on how the band found their producers in Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, their decision to sound like a different band, how the band write their songs, and the legacy of Radio Free Europe.

They do this whilst also giving their thoughts and opinions on the album as a whole, the first couple of tracks, and how they see this fitting into the band's discography going forward.

How did the band evolve from their EP? How far into the album will we get? Can anyone make out the lyrics? Find out on this episode of What Is Music?

Our next episode is out on Monday December 4th and will continue our track-by-track analysis of Murmur.


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