Hear Clairo discuss the making of “Alewife” on Song Exploder

Clairo, Rostam and Clairo’s best friend appear on the episode.

October 02, 2019
Hear Clairo discuss the making of “Alewife” on <i>Song Exploder</i> Noam Galai / Getty Images

Clairo, Rostam Batmanglij and Clairo’s best friend Alexa appear on the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast to discuss “Alewife,” the opening track from Clairo’s debut album Immunity. In the 23-minute episode, Clairo explains the background behind “Alewife,” including her struggles with depression as a teenager and her growing friendship with her best friend. In the episode, Clairo and Rostam discuss how their fondness for Elliott Smith led to certain production choices, including Clairo’s double-tracked vocals and the acoustic guitar. Listen to the “Alewife” episode of Song Exploder below.


Earlier this year, Clairo released her debut album Immunity. The record was led by singles “Bags,” “Close To You,” and “Sofia.” Last month, Clairo made an appearance on Charli XCX’s Charli alongside Yaeji. She also collaborated with Mura Masa on “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” and Deaton Chris Anthony and Coco & Clair Clair on “RACECAR.”

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Hear Clairo discuss the making of “Alewife” on Song Exploder