Song of the Day: Mono in VCF – Escape City Scrapers

Mono in VCF live at KEXP 12/18/07
photo by Mike Blankenhorn

Every Friday, we deliver a different song from a local performer as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Escape City Scrapers by Mono in VCF from the 2007 self-released, self-titled album.

Mono in VCF – Escape City Scrapers (MP3)

Because Mono in VCF’s debut album is self-released, its genius has largely escaped the attention of the masses, but several blogs have claimed it as one of the best debuts of the last year. This four-piece out of Tacoma, WA, gets its inspiration from Phil Spector’s production techniques as well as previous kings of the underground like Scott Walker and the Delfonics. The band’s melancholic romanticism employs plenty of orchestral arrangements and cinematic soundscapes that hearken back to the glory days of pysch-pop and soul with an added twist of… trip-hop? That’s right, get your hands on it now in digital format, available through the band’s MySpace page or, for the purists among you, grab the physical release when it hits stores 2/5/08 followed by an album release show 2/9 at the Triple Door. And thanks to our streaming archive, you can listen to the band’s recent in-studio performance (12/18) here.

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