Song of the Day: Cass McCombs – That’s That

Cass McCombs at Local 506, Chapel Hill 11/17/07
photo by Raul Zahir De Leon

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 That’s That by Cass McCombs from the 2007 album Dropping the Writ on Domino Records.

Cass McCombs – That’s That (MP3)

Cass McCombs is, above all else, a brilliant crooner who does a tremendous job of creating a sense of mystery while in actuality there’s nothing that strange going on. His lyric-centric songs often require thoughtful analysis, but unlike some far-fetched lyricists out there, McCombs is comprehensible. Dropping the Writ, his third long player and first for Domino, is his most accessible album to date. In many ways a combination of his previous work, the album crosses numerous genres, tackling slow brooding ballads, Velvet Underground-inspired rockers, and melodious pop songs. McCombs, with band in tow, is touring the US and parts of Canada through the second week of December alongside tourmate and other melancholy minstrel Jose Gonzalez. Check out his MySpace page for specific dates and information as well as this video for Sacred Heart off his last album, PREfection:

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