Song of the Day: These United States – First Sight


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 First Sight by These United States from the forthcoming 2008 album A Picture of the Three of Us at the Garden of Eden on United Interests.

These United States – First Sight (MP3)

A Picture of the Three of Us… represents the debut of D.C.s Jesse Elliott and David Strackany (aka Paleo). You may recognize Paleo from his Song Diary project in which he composed 365 songs in 365 days. After this albums 3/4 release date, you won’t easily forget either of these gentlemen. Upon first listen, it’s easy to make M. Ward comparisons based on vocal similarities, but TUS — though very much a folk band — touches upon garage-rock and pop far too easily to not overstep such comparisons. The production is spot-on and few albums in recent memory put a candle to the lyricism present here. Numerous D.C. musicians were brought in to work on this album, which has led, directly or indirectly, to a similar project on the road. TUS’ upcoming tour will feature a different lineup each night, involving guest musicians from the hosting cities. Adding to the wayward genius of this debut, among other things, is the mixing assistance of the eclectic Chad Clark, the sonic guru who recently remastered the Fugazi catalog. Stay tuned to the band’s blog and MySpace page for entertaining quips and useful information, and for a truly unique experience, catch These United States at the Sunset 3/26. Here’s a performance of what is sure to be an album hit, Jenni Anne, captured at D.C.’s Black Cat last year:

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