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
Night Time by Tyler Ramsey from the 2008 album A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea on Echo Mountain Records.
Even before Ramsey’s emotive, echoing vocals take the driver’s seat,
Night Time swells with promise and a subtle beauty the artist has obviously spent a good time honing. At over 5 1/2 minutes in length, listeners have plenty of time to fall in love with the North Carolinian’s songwriting. Like a great novelist, everything is revealed in slow progressions. And not one to be tied down by folk trappings, Ramsey employs plenty of strings, sustained keyboard effects and countrified gusto — at times reminiscent of other indie-folk dabblers Midlake. Oh yeah, did I mention Ramsey is also a guitarist for Band of Horses? That recent development occurred after minimal contact between the two camps but makes complete sense if for no other reason than the collective affinity for large beards. Thankfully, Ramsey is fully intent on maintaining his solo gig though BoH is rightfully claiming much of his time these days. His MySpace page is flooded with European dates, all BoH dates, but nevertheless exposing him to new audiences. Here’s Ramsey performing
Night Time at Echo Mountain Studios: