Song of the Day: Page France – The Ruby Ring Man

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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. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “The Ruby Ring Man” by Page France from the 2007 release Page France and the Family Telephone, available on Suicide Squeeze.

Page France – The Ruby Ring Man (MP3)

While Maryland resident Michael Nau remains the principle songwriter, Page France has grown over the past four years into a collective of friends built around Nau, Whitney McGraw (vocals, keyboards, glockenspiel), and Clinton Jones (guitar, percussion). Their third full-length … And the Family Telephone, finds the band continuing their folk-meets-indie pop sound that often invites comparison to Sufjan Stevens and Neutral Milk Hotel, lyrically, musically, and spiritually. While Page France does share a similar penchant for quirky and creative lyrics, inventive instrumentation, and recurrent but somewhat ambiguous Biblical imagery, their approach is more childlike and whimsical. With song titles like “Rooster and Its Crow,” “The Belly in the Fish,” “Mr. Violin and Dancing Bear,” …And the Family Telephone is more likely to recall the stories of your youth — Aesop’s Fables, Through the Looking Glass, Oh The Places You’ll Go. Ever prolific, Michael Nau continues to post new songs on the band’s MySpace page (check now for two unreleased songs!). Here’s a performance of “Chariot” on New Year’s Eve 2006 at Nau’s house, just before midnight:

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