Song of the Day: Tulsa – Breath Thin

photo by John Allen

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 Morning Show host John Richards, is Breath Thin by Tulsa from the 2007 I Was Submerged EP on Park The Van Records.

Tulsa – Breath Thin (MP3)

This is the second time in a little over a month that we’ve featured these guys and for good reason — Carter Tanton and the boys raising eyebrows with the power of three where there used to be four. Going into I Was Submerged, Tulsa used multiple mics with added effects and a Rhodes organ to conjure layers of country tinged psych-rock. Now, after stripping back their live performances with only a trio pulling the strings, will they resort to studio trickery or will listeners see a new Tulsa in coming months? They’ve planned to be in a studio within the next month or two and have name-dropped producers like Phil Ek (Band of Horses) and David Newfeld of Broken Social Scene fame. With talent like that behind the boards and layers of haunting, echoing guitars and vocals, I see nothing but dollar signs and packed venues in Tulsa’s future. Read all about them on their MySpace page and their previous KEXP Song of the Day feature. While you’re at it, check out this performance of “I Feel Great,” live at Trash Bar, Brooklyn, in August 2006:

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