Switched On Pop | Lost & Found: The Drama of Pop Form with Emily King
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 19 March 2019
Switched On Pop

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Live from SXSW: Grammy Award winning songwriter Emily King didn't set out to write a perfect pop song with "Remind Me".

Instead, she bent the rules of song structure to fit her message: the magical feeling when you find something you've been long missing. Mirroring this theme, the chorus doesn't come when you expect it. The climax arrives late, after an "aha" moment that fills in the forgotten details. Each instrument fits perfectly together like a lost memory coming into focus. Even after she finds what she's been missing in her life, she deceived us once again with a diminutive 'down chorus.' At every turn, King shows how songwriting mastery opens up immense creative freedom, even within the constraints of a prototypical pop song.

In this episode, Nate and Charlie are joined by Emily King live from SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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