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Song Stories

“Romance”

Wild Flag | 2011

On “Romance,” this indie-rock supergroup, comprising members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders, employs all their tools: raucous guitar riffs, background "gang: vocals, bouncy drum fills -- they’re all on display in this upbeat romp. "That’s why people call them 'power trios,' because everything’s firing at once,” Carrie Brownstein said. "It really helps the dynamic, and I think it helps songs build, and it allows them to deconstruct in the middle of the song, too.”

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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