Song of the Day: DeVotchka – Transliterator

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‚Äôs 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!

Devotchka – Transliterator (MP3)

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

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