Song of the Day: Arthur & Yu – The Ghost of Old Bull Lee

Arthur & Yu in the KEXP studio

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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is The Ghost of Old Bull Lee by Arthur & Yu from the 2007 album In Camera available on Hardly Art.

Arthur & Yu – The Ghost of Old Bull Lee (MP3)

As the initial release on Hardly Art, the offspring of Jonathan Poneman’s Sub Pop label, Arthur & Yu’s In Camera provides a subtle yet explosive beginning. Originally conceived as a demo, In Camera was printed as is, making for a lo-fi album heavy on the reverb and surprisingly full of brilliant psychedelic pop. Arthur (Grant Olsen) and Yu (Sonya Westcott) are the childhood nicknames of these two Seattle musicians who met through the wonder that is Craigslist. In addition to this dazzling debut, the two contributed lyrics and vocals to The Distance, a track from Dntel‘s latest album and Sub Pop debut, Dumb Luck. While their music is reminiscent of Velvet Underground, Lee Hazelwood, and Nancy Sinatra, In Camera has gained proper attention and cemented this group as one with a promising future. They are set to appear at this year’s Download Festival occurring 8/25 at the Gorge with a proper US tour kicking off in October and ending at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on 10/17. Be sure to check out their MySpace page for samples, interviews, and the like. Meanwhile, here is a video of Arthur & Yu performing live at Seattle’s Easy Street Records in July:

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  1. Junebug
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I love Arthur & Yu! Thanks for the post!

  2. scott
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I love em too!

    I think their keyboard broke at that easy street instore by the way… Still a great performance though.

  3. kent
    Posted September 25, 2007 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    reminds me of james apollo with a sunbeam

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