photo by Gregory A. Perez
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
Heavy Heart by Ghostland Observatory from the forthcoming album Robotique Majestique on Trashy Moped Recordings.
Most bands caught doing what Ghostland Observatory pulls off on a nightly basis would be dismissed as pretentious and overly dramatic. However, the stage antics of Thomas Ross Turner (keyboards/production) and Aaron Behrens (guitar/vocals) cannot overplay their genuine enthusiasm. Peel back the facade and you’ll see two guys who love to entertain and have a great time doing it. Turner, who often wears a cape on stage, twiddles knobs and hammers keys with ease as Behrens dances flashy while sounding like Freddie Mercury’s long-lost twin. As with their previous records, the upcoming Robotique Majestique is completely self-produced with only mastering assistance coming from Nilesh Patel (Daft Punk, Depeche Mode) — making it a wonder this Austin duo has come so far, though after just a brief listen, one realizes their formula is undeniable. Rock ‘n’ rollers looking for the gateway drug to dance music, look no further than Ghostland Observatory. Your transformation begins in April at the Showbox, but act fast, the second of their two shows has already sold out. Their MySpace page has the details, but don’t leave yet, not without seeing this performance of title track from Robotique Majestique recorded live at Austin City Limits last year: