These New Puritans, The End Club, London, 2/11/08
photo by Carmen Valino
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
Navigate, Navigate (The Loving Hand remix), a b-side from These New Puritans on the Navigate, Navigate 12″ released by Domino Records.
Common inspirational moments for bands are breakthrough singles, world events and the like. Not so for These New Puritans — unless Dior Homme’s Fall fashion show falls under world events. Yes, the a-side was commissioned for the catwalk and clocking in at a ginormous 15 minutes it was still recorded in one week’s time. As if that weren’t enough, they snagged Tim Goldworthy, aka The Loving Hand, a member of the world-renowned DFA collective, to perform a remix. The song is a great example of what happens when post-punk takes to the dancefloor. And, while it is a remix, this track is extremely telling of frontman Jack Barnett’s passion for lyrical repetition and the ability of the instrumentals to propel TNP through any length of tape. Replace much of the synths on this cut with guitar and bass and you’ll begin to hone in on what this band is all about. According to their MySpace page, TNP will play an ambitious 10 shows at SXSW, including one live on KEXP @ 2pm (Austin Time). Be sure to tune in for that, but right now enjoy the official video for
Elvis, off of the new LP, Beat Pyramid: