photo by Dave Gourley
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
I Feel Better by Frightened Rabbit from the 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight on Fatcat.
Formed in 2003, Frightened Rabbit began as the solo project of Scott Hutchinson. Slowly but surely the band expanded to a quartet that included Scott’s brother Grant. Things really picked up steam in ’06 when the band recorded a demo, which was deemed worthy as it was and released as Sing the Greys. The album established them as writers of brilliant pop songs and the touring that ensued is still burned in the memories of those who’ve seen them. For the new record, the band recorded with Peter Katis (Mercury Rev, Interpol) and focused on the time-tested themes of loneliness, failed relationships, and death. In the process, songwriter Scott Hutchinson has neared his peak of lyrical adeptness. Few songwriters can coax a listener into hanging upon every word at first listen, but amid complementary acoustic and electric guitars and Grant’s throbbing kick drum, Scott tells these tales with lament and a conviction in his delivery that alludes to someone who’s been through it all and is more than ready to share. To examine a track-by-track psychosis, witness the insights here. Later this month the band will delight audiences in the Midwest and Eastern US. At least, the audience in this video seems to be enjoying the show: