- 15 Jan 21
Each week, the Sonos culture podcast will explore new ideas - from what makes a great cover song to the art of male vulnerability - with guests like Moses Sumney, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and Open Mike Eagle.
Sonos Radio has launched a brand new music podcast - titled Object of Sound - hosted by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib.
“I had actually said that I wasn't going to release a double album," Sumney said.
"Like I said that publicly because I didn't feel like this was the right era for it. Maybe 10 or 15 years ago. I'd say 15 years ago would probably have been a more ideal time for a double album, because the average music listener doesn't really have that much time or attention span anymore because of the ways we've been kind of reprogrammed to listen to music.”
Alongside today's episode, two bonus launch episodes with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Sudan Archives, and Black Futures authors Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew are also on offer.
Combining the intimate storytelling of a podcast with the genre-jumping joy of freeform radio, Object of Sound offers multiple ways to discover new music in an age of algorithmic playlists.
Every episode culminates with one of Abdurraqib’s playlists, a deep dive into why he chose each track, and an invitation to listeners to go on their own music discovery journey.
The podcast builds on Abdurraqib’s mastery at bringing disparate ideas together to create a new experience. He wrote and hosted the seven-episode Lost Notes: 1980, named one of 2020’s music podcasts by The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
His book, Go Ahead in the Rain blended criticism, history, memoir, and poetry to pay tribute to A Tribe Called Quest, and the upcoming A Little Devil in America (March 30) explores how Black performance - from Soul Train to Whitney Houston - is woven into American culture.
“Connecting with a song is a very personal and emotional thing, so this isn’t about me telling listeners what to listen to,” said Aburraqib.
“My hope, really, is to ask more questions, to find new music to fall in love with, and to build to build a new community of listeners.”
Listen to Hanif Abdurraqib's new Object of Sound episode, 'Playlists for Our Future Selves', featuring Moses Sumney below:
Check out the March 2020 interview between Hot Press and Moses Sumney here.