photo by Kurt Feldman
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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Heat & Panic by The Manhattan Love Suicides from the 2008 Clusterfuck 7″ EP on Squirrel Records.
Few bands are capable of churning out varying, high-quality tunes that all hover on the underside of three minutes. This quintet of UK shoegazers would apparently have it no other way. As the sound started by bands like My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain picks up steam again, The Manhattan Love Suicides have secured a place at the helm. They have a penchant for laying beautiful pop melodies over crunching guitars and endless sonic swirls. Singer Caroline McChrystal somehow maintains her breathy coo above the din of noise, adding dynamism that thwarts any attempts at pigeonholing the band. By early summer, listeners can expect a compilation of the group’s many singles along with radio sessions and some new and rare tracks. Adding to the band’s greatness is their appreciation for vinyl. All of their singles are available on limited edition 7″ vinyl and they’ve previously encouraged the format by including bonus tracks on the vinyl version of their 2007 debut. As we all wait in endless anticipation for signs of summer, here’s a video for
Keep It Coming off the ’07 single of the same name: