photo by Chad Syme
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 is “Transliterator” by DeVotchka, from the forthcoming album A Mad and Faithful Telling on Anti-. Catch their exclusive live set this Friday from KRLU Studios in Austin, as KEXP goes to South by Southwest!
How many bands today rock with this much elegance? DeVotchka just get better and better, and vocalist Nick Urata mixes a syncopated “you never mean what you say/why don’t you say what you mean” refrain over counterpoint crooning that’s as sweet as the strings themselves on “Transliterator,” the first single from the band’s newest. The music is a beguiling mix of Balkans, Boulder and burlesque — and Urata’s voice at times recalls the sublime Blue Nile‘s Paul Buchanan, had the latter ever allowed himself get worked into this kind of a lather.
DeVotchka Does The Velvets