Song of the Day: Le Loup – I Had A Dream I Died (Live @ KEXP)

Le Loup
Le Loup at Gibson Studio, NYC
photo by Doron Gild

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 I Had A Dream I Died (Live @ KEXP) by Le Loup, recorded live at CMJ 10/15/2007.

Le Loup – I Had A Dream I Died (Live @ KEXP) (MP3)

Le Loup, the second band signed to Jonathan Poneman’s Hardly Art imprint, is largely the brainchild of singer/songwriter Sam Simkoff. After developing much of the album himself, Simkoff was joined by six others, creating Le Loup as most people now know them. While Simkoff’s songwriting approach is somewhat simple, the record has a lot going on. Some songs touch on the sonic palette of The Books, using layered yet somewhat minimalistic soundscapes while others are little more than multi-tracked banjo and vocals. Listeners will also hear some glitchy synths and dark atmospherics as well as dramatic vocal layering reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens.

We’ve already covered the D.C.-area band quite a bit on the KEXP Blog: You can find a full review of the album here, an interview here, and a portion of the band’s performance from CMJ via this video, courtesy of New York Noise, which includes the currently featured song. Le Loup is touring the East Coast through the end of next week. All other information is available on the band’s MySpace page. Here’s another video, this time of the band performing We Are Gods! We Are Wolves! live at the Black Cat in Washington D.C.:

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