Austin songwriter, producer and one and band Mobley has a new project coming out on April 27th called Fresh Lies Vol. 1. In it he explores his relationship, as a black man, with the United States through the metaphor of a romantic relationship. This is the first volume in a career spanning song cycle.
Listen as he describes how Kanye West’s “808’s & Heartbreak” showed him how powerful and freeing vulnerability could be and why he felt compelled to explore his relationship with America in his work.
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Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered wrote a new book called “Your Song Changed My Life,” where he interviewed people about songs that changed their lives. What can we say? Great minds think alike!
Listen as he talks about his own life-changing song — the Beatles “A Day in the Life,” which totally opened his mind up to the expansive capabilities of music and art and informed the kind of musician he would become.
Then Austin artist Mobley explores how Kanye West’s “808’s and Heartbreak” showed him how important emotion and vulnerability in music could be and informed the material for his new EP “Some Other Country” which explores his experience of being a black man in America through songs that sound, at first listen, like songs about someone in a bad relationship.
Listen to the songs featured in this week’s episode.