photo by Andrew McDonald
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. Every Friday, the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Woman of Cain by Palodine from the 2008 album Garden of Deceit on Tarnished Records.
Following the success of their 2006 debut, Desolate Son, Palodine decided to perfect rather than change their approach. Rooted in gothic-tinged country/folk, this duo of multi-instrumentalists Katrina Whitney and Michael Aryn weave haunting tales loaded with dark religious imagery and enough atmospheric layering to bring them to the brink of what is comfortable. Whitney does the unthinkable in surpassing her commanding vocal performance of the previous record. Occasionally layered for dramatic effect, her voice plows through shrouds of mist, relating harsh truths to any who seek them. Meanwhile, Aryn raises the tension with a combination of electric and acoustic instrumentals as well as some intensely cold percussion. The duo’s tour schedule is currently clean, but look for them to tour this summer along with members of Transmissionary Six and Willard Grant Conspiracy. And before you go, check out the following video for the album’s first single,
Redwinged Blackbird, which captures beautifully the lyrical imagery of Palodine’s music: