photo by Tod Seelie
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 Gold We’re Digging” by Parts & Labor from the 2007 release Mapmaker, available on Jagjaguwar.
Parts & Labor – The Gold We’re Digging (MP3)
It’s hard to believe when listening to the third full-length release by Brooklyn’s Parts & Labor that three people can make some much noise. Granted, the trio had help adding layers, including a horn section, to their already multi-layered, punk-infused electronic rock. The result is a hard punching but still melodic sound that walks the edge between psychedelic freakout and ambient pop, owing as much to Husker Du as to Brian Eno. The Stranger went so far as to call Parts & Labor the “Phil Spectors of Noise Rock” (minus a little of the hair and a lot of the craziness, for course). Here’s the band performing “A Great Divide” from last year’s Stay Afraid: