Song of the Day: The Owls – The Way On

photo by Nick Vlcek

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 The Way On by The Owls from the 2007 album Daughters and Suns on Magic Marker.

The Owls – The Way On (MP3)

This Twin Cities quartet got started in a somewhat irregular fashion, pushing their demo to a local radio station that ended up spinning the record non-stop. The band has essentially been living off that immediate likability and its resultant Our Hopes Our Dreams EP for four years. Before releasing this, their debut album, bassist Brian Tighe learned Pro Tools and more or less produced the album in his bedroom. Along with Tighe, Allison LaBonne and Maria May share singing duties, ranging from rugged and moody to sweet and poppy. Only a band with three such talented songwriters could craft an entire album of solid songs for such unique vocalists. Most of these mid-tempo tracks please the ear with clever, poetic lyrics and keen pop sensibilities akin to The Beatles. It may have taken them a while, but The Owls know a good melody when they hear it and now present listeners with an album full. Their website currently hosts tons of fun links and information to add to this official video for The Way On:

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