Song of the Day: Future Clouds and Radar – Hurricane Judy

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is by Future Clouds and Radar and is found on their 2007 self-titled release on The Star Apple Kingdom:

Future Clouds and Radar – Hurricane Judy (MP3)

Ten years ago, Austin-based musician Robert Harrison was performing with Cotton Mather, a psychedelic-influenced guitar pop band regularly compared to Revolver-era Beatles, and whose album Kon-Tiki was critically lauded and a reported favorite of the boys from Oasis. These days, Harrison is fronting a new project with a similar, but developed vision. The idea, in his own words from his website, is “to create 27 little mini-worlds for you to visit in a psychedelic spacecraft called Future Clouds and Radar.” Debuting with an ambitious double-disc set, Harrison and company defy the single-song downloaders with this warning: “once you begin to pull the journey apart the whole thing begins to lose its conceptual unity.” We hear you, Robert, but some songs are bright enough gems to stand on their own, like “Hurricane Judy,” our Song of the Day podcast, and this Guided-By-Voices-on-Zoloft sparkler:

Future Clouds and Radar – Drugstore Bust (MP3)

Cotton Mather – 40 Watt Solution (MP3)

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