photo by Eric Martin & Jessica Bosch
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 Morning Show host John Richards, is
Pangea by Power Douglas from the 2008 album Pentecostal Fangbread on Five Six Media.
With 9 tracks totaling little more than a half-hour of music, Brooklyn’s Power Douglas have created a debut that inspires far more questions than answers. The trio of Jesse Crawford, Timmy Harp and Furor Thin claims “Gentrified, New York” as their home and have given equally clever yet evasive answers in interviews and other media outlets. One easily discernible fact is the influence and presence of TV On The Radio. Power Douglas has created a sound that easily escapes direct comparisons, but with guest vocals from TVOTR’s Tunde Adebimpe and Dragons of Zynth‘s Aku, the similarities are surely close enough to mention. Each track is a raw combination of rock, punk, and hip-hop, full of distortion and a demo quality that goes straight for the throat. For this, their debut, PD signed to Five Six Media, the label of former Digable Planets DJ, King Britt. Obviously their intellect doesn’t stop with feeding snarky one-liners to the press. They’ve surrounded themselves with tons of talent and have created an air of mystery and a promising, challenging debut. In the coming weeks, they’ll challenge audiences throughout the NYC area with some pretty high-profile gigs. Here’s a short clip of the band performing in Philadelphia last Fall: