Song of the Day: Grand Archives – Torn Blue Foam Couch

photo by Hilary Harris

Every Friday, we deliver a different song from a Northwest performer as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Torn Blue Foam Couch by Grand Archives from the 2008 self-titled album on Sub Pop.

Grand Archives – Torn Blue Foam Couch (MP3)

Thinking back on the genesis of this band — which formed at a significant peak in Band of Horses’ popularity — it seemed a lingering comparativeness would linger until one band faltered. But in actuality Grand Archives, the dream child of BoH cofounder Mat Brooke, were destined for success almost before they got started. Their early demos as simply Archives were put on a pedestal until their debut album came along to overstep most expectations. The band has since grown from a foursome to a quintet though they maintain the same four-part harmonies that would make the early Beach Boys proud. At times trapped in the ’70s folk era and other times unmistakably modern, this long-awaited debut is never out of place. Read a review on the KEXP Blog of their recent performance at the Triple Door in which they treated audience members to the entire album, front to back. The band is currently gravitating towards Austin, TX, for SXSW where they’ll play a typically hectic schedule. Keep checking their MySpace page as things aren’t likely to slow down for them anytime soon. We’ll slow it down, however, with this performance of Swan Matches, caught on tape at the band’s recent stop in San Francisco:

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