Google Play Music has released their first podcast produced by Google, City Soundtracks. The 15-odd minute casts are aimed at highlighting an artist and the city from which they originate. While Play Music has had the ability to listen to podcasts for a while now, this is the company’s first foray into actually producing one. And I have to say, it’s pretty good. Right now the cast list is only three episodes, all released yesterday, featuring artists from Austin, New Orleans and Oakland. You can check it out here.
The official description pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
City Soundtracks by Google Play Music is a traveling conversation about the people, places and moments that shape our musical lives. Each episode features an artist and a city. Host Hrishikesh Hirway invites musicians to lead listeners on a tour of the city through conversation and music.
I’ve listened to two of the three episodes and I have to say, it’s not bad.
Of course, there is a bit of a self-serving interest here in that Google wants you to potentially buy the music of the artist mentioned but that’s okay. These artists
aren’t necessarily mainstream and it gives you a chance to support them as well as expose yourself to some new music.
To find the City Soundtracks podcast, just search for it in your Google Play Music app. Give it a listen. Like most podcasts, it won’t be for everyone but it is good to see Google trying to expose lesser known artists to a broader crowd.