The Heavenly States at Chop Suey 2/16/08
photo by Jim Beckmann
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
Lost in the Light by The Heavenly States from the 2008 album Delayer on The Rebel Group.
Every once in a while a band like The Heavenly States comes along to remind the naysayers that the indie scene is still producing top-notch acts. An unlikely match made in heaven, this band has struck gold on each consecutive release and then created a media frenzy by performing in Libya following the cessation of a 30-year travel ban. Delayer is their first album since being spotlighted by that event and will certainly call attention back to the music. The band also avoided casting big-name producers this time around, taking the reins themselves. The result is an odd mix of raw, bustling guitar rockers and mellow folksy tunes, all fronted by Ted Nesseth’s unshakable lyricism. Those in Seattle, I hope you made the free CD release show at Chop Suey last week. If not, fear not — they’ll return for Sasquatch in May. Pick up a digital copy of Delayer via their MySpace page, and though it’s a bit outdated by modern standards, this video showing a cover of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s
Bellbottoms is sure to please: