Song of the Day: Dappled Cities – Beach Song

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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 Morning Show host John Richards, is “Beach Song” by Dappled Cities from the 2007 release Granddance, available on Dangerbird Records.

Dappled Cities – Beach Song (MP3)

Rising out of the growing music scene Down Under, Dappled Cities, originally called Dappled Cities Fly, created a stir in the U.S. at CMJ and SXSW after their then Australian-only CD Granddance received rave reviews. This quintet out of Sydney aligns itself musically with indie oddballs like Sunset Rubdown and Islands, combining brilliant pop melodies, zany instrumentation, and gorgeous, quirky vocals. Peter Walker and ex-Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild handled production duties while Tim Derricourt and Dave Rennick brought big personality to the songwriting and vocal responsibilities. The end result is an album full of theatricality, yet rooted in good ol’ indie synth-pop. Look for the band to follow up their domestic release of Granddance (out this week) with a stateside tour in July, playing with Tokyo Police Club. Check for updates their website and MySpace page.

If you’re a fan of the theatrical and quirky, watch this reenactment of a scene from Point Break as performed by the boys from Dappled Cities. Otherwise, check out this equally quirky video for “Fire Fire Fire”:

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