Song of the Day: Tunng – Arms


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 Cheryl Waters, is Arms by Tunng from the 2007 album Good Arrows on Thrill Jockey.

Tunng – Arms (MP3)

Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay jumpstarted Tunng in a makeshift studio underneath a women’s dressing room. Since their only exit went through that dressing room, a lot of time and energy went into that studio. Good Arrows, Tunng’s third album and first on Thrill Jockey, features a six-piece band, allowing for more live instrumentation and less focus on samples and programmed beats. The biggest sign of progress on Good Arrows is its cohesiveness and consistency. Here the band’s increased production skills lead to a beautiful balance of dark and dreary lyrics with backgrounds of subtle cheer. After critics’ countless attempts to connect this band to a trend that has passed, Tunng created their most original and timeless album to date. If Tunng hasn’t won you over yet, check them out tomorrow night at Nectar. Other dates, mostly overseas, can be found on their MySpace page. Here’s a great rendition of their latest single, Bullets, performed live at this year’s Green Man Festival:

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