Sera Cahoone and band with John Richards
photo by Kyle Johnson
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
Only As the Day Is Long by Sera Cahoone from the 2008 album Only As the Day Is Long on Sub Pop.
Seattle’s Sera Cahoone is no stranger to the lo-fi country-tinged tracks put forth on her most recent effort, her first for Sub Pop. Cahoone cut her teeth drumming for bar bands when she was 12 and then ended up wielding chops for lo-fi darlings Carissa’s Wierd. She was a natural choice to do the same for Carissa’s Wierd fallout band, Band of Horses, and after one album a new calling brought her to the mic. From the outset of her 2006 solo debut, Cahoone has exhibited a rare vocal quality that is immediately personal, alluring and trustworthy. Building upon that, Only As The Day Is Long highlights tighter, more confident songwriting and a chemistry among the musicians that will be hard to surpass on future albums. Lyrically and emotionally, Cahoone puts pain and the human predicament to music in all the right ways and is always sure to remind us that the pain lasts only as the day is long. If you’ve already penciled in all of your must-see bands at this year’s Sasquatch Festival, be sure to make room for Sera Cahoone. You can go back and read an interview with Sera on the KEXP Blog, but first, check out this clip of the band performing
Baker Lake, another album standout, live from the Triple Door: