photo by Meqo Sam Cecil
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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Call It A Ritual by Wolf Parade from their forthcoming album, yet to be titled, on Sub Pop.
After being appeased by the numerous Wolf Parade side projects, particularly Spencer Krug’s Sunset Rubdown and Frog Eyes, and Dan Boeckner’s Handsome Furs, it’s great to have a new WP record coming down the pipes. The band’s debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, was released somewhat hurriedly in 2005. Any haste went unnoticed as fans quickly jumped onboard and the album was nominated for the Polaris Prize (best full-length Canadian album). This time around, a more premeditated approach was used, taking advantage of Arlen Thompson’s (drummer) engineering capabilities and the acoustics of the church adopted by Arcade Fire. That premeditation has landed the band a more cohesive album and a better translation of thoughts to paper, or rather notes to record. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yet landed them an album title; the original title, Kissing the Beehive, was called into question when it was discovered the title already existed in the form of a 1997 Jonathan Carroll novel. They can call it Second for all I care. Of course, they’ll run into a problem the next time around. No matter its title, you can get your hands on it June 17th after which WP will strike out on a month-long North American tour. Right now, check out this performance from the Metro in Chicago: