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Sounds and Sparks

Sounds and Sparks is an original feature on WTIP that features Minnesota musicians telling the stories and meanings behind their latest songs and diving into their own creative process. Hosted and produced by Will Moore, you’ll hear this feature on Scenic Route, Sidetracks and North Shore Morning.

May 20, 2022
Sounds and Sparks: Jesse Anderson’s “If I’m Here I’m Here With You”

Sounds and Sparks is a series on WTIP that goes in-depth into new album releases by Minnesota artists, going back by track into the stories, places, and ideas that inspired every song. In this piece Will Moore chats with Twin Cities based artist Jesse Anderson, who’s debut album “If I’m Here I’m Here With You” was several decades in the making and features a collage of different genres.

April 25, 2022
Sounds and Sparks: Christopher David Hanson Band’s “Whippoorwill”

Hard rockers of the Northland, the Christopher David Hanson Band, have a new album out called Whippoorwill. The new record features the group in their latest trio format, and has 11 new songs penned by Hanson with plenty of bluesy rock goodness. Hear samples of ever song as Hanson talks about the whole album track by track in this latest edition of the Sounds and Sparks series.

March 29, 2022
Sounds and Sparks: Humbird’s “Still Life”

Still Life is the latest album from Minneapolis based artist Humbird, the moniker of songwriter Siri Undlin. Her second full-length release, Still Life was largely written in the in early part of 2020 amidst first COVID-19 lockdown as well as the protests in the wake of the George Floyd’s killing across the Twin Cities.

Sounds and Sparks is a series on WTIP where Minnesota-based artists reveal stories and inspirations about their new music, going track by track through their latest albums.

February 12, 2022
Sounds and Sparks – Superior Siren’s “Kill Your Darlings”

Sounds and Sparks is a new feature here on WTIP that features Minnesota musicians telling the stories and meanings behind their latest songs and diving into their own creative process. This first segment features Duluth’s Laura Sellner, better known as Superior Siren, and her latest EP entitled Kill Your Darlings.

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February 12, 2022
Sounds and Sparks – “This Aster”

Sounds and Sparks is a new series on WTIP that features Minnesota musicians discussing the latest songs on their newest albums. We go track by track and learn the meanings and stories behind the songs, as well as interesting anecdotes from first inspiration to the recording process. (more…)

February 12, 2022
Sounds and Sparks: YYY

Austin Carson of Minneapolis creates multi-layered and multi-faceted electronic tunes as YYY. His latest album aquadungeonafterdark features 10 new tracks and countless wild moments. He gives the stories and inspirations behind them all in this addition to the Sounds and Sparks series.

January 8, 2022
Sounds and Sparks: Scott Zosel and “Tiny Yellow Room”

Scott Zosel is a Twin Cities songwriter making his solo debut with an album called Tiny Yellow Room. An avid reader, Zosel has made an album full of songs inspired by some of his favorite poets, literary figures, and lyricists.