My friend just told me about Song Exploder — a podcast that sees artists breaking down every level of their popular songs — a couple weeks ago, so I went and listened to a couple episodes with Busdriver (“Worlds To Run,” which I actually premiered on here), Open Mike Eagle (“Dark Comedy Morning Show“) and others.
Conveniently enough, with the Gorillaz album Humanz out in a couple weeks, Damon Albarn stopped by the podcast to break down “Andromeda” — one the four songs Albarn released when officially announcing the project.
He said the song, at its core, was influenced by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That.” He one to discuss the synthetic sounds he used on the album to make sure the project sounded “in the future.”
The content of the song delves into people he’s lost, like his partner’s mother and Bobby Womack, who he’s collaborated with on Gorillaz work before. D.R.A.M. — who used to have a bigger role on the song – joined the project to discuss how he got in contact with Albarn and how he made his contributions to the song.