Song of the Day: Pelican – City of Echoes

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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 City of Echoes by Pelican from the 2007 release City of Echoes on Hydrahead Records.

Pelican – City of Echoes (MP3)

The latest batch of songs from this Chicago quartet deal with touring, something these guys have been doing a lot of lately. More specifically, everywhere they go, from France to Omaha, they find too similar due to rapid globalization over the past decades. With that as their fuel, Pelican Play largely unclassifiable instrumental music that incorporates metal, punk, prog- and post-rock, drawing comparisons to the likes of Mono and Explosions in the Sky. Over the span of three albums and six years, they have gradually shifted from epic minor key compositions to shorter, more elaborate ones, giving listeners more immediate gratification and a bit of the major key. And according to the band, they are currently at the top of their game when it comes to performing live. They just finished a sweeping tour of the U.S. and will visit Japan and Australia starting next month. For more information, check out the band’s MySpace page, and watch this video, a performance and interview with Live Eye TV, a Seattle cable show focusing on experimental independent music:

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