Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is â€œYouâ€™re a Wolfâ€ by Sea Wolf from the 2007 EP Get to the River Before It Runs too Low, available on Dangerbird.
Sea Wolf – You’re A Wolf (MP3)
Branching out from his role as bassist of Los Angeles band Irving, Alex Church has turned side-project Sea Wolf into a full time gig. While Church claims that his music is not born of a particular place, the connections made by association with Jack London’s American west (in case you’ve forgotten your grade school Lit, he’s the one who wrote Call of the Wild as well as The Sea Wolf) are not unfounded. The very geographical name of the title reinforces the recurrent imagery of being connected on the land, much in the way that it was important for explorers of the American west. And it was in the Northwest that Church found producer Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins, Band of Horses), who added the finishing touches to the EP. Following that, a month-long residency last fall at Los Angeles’ Spaceland helped build Sea Wolf’s national presence — says Church, â€œThe shows were so well received that things escalated pretty quickly.â€ Currently, you can catch Sea Wolf for supporting dates with Silversun Pickups. Here’s a video for “You’re A Wolf,” which we’ve linked to before. It’s worth posting again: