photo by Courtney Chavanell
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
Sparrow by The Low Lows from the forthcoming album Shining Violence on Misra.
After the breakup of NYCs Parker and Lily following their third album, The Low Lows, P.L. Noon decided to form The Low Lows. Originally stationed in Athens, GA, the band recently moved to Austin and joined Misra Records for the release of Shining Violence, the brilliant follow-up to 2006s Fire on the Bright Sky.
Sparrow opens the album with a shower of noise — the guitar, drums and organ firing on all cylinders. But then Noon has a way of restoring calm with his psychedelic, southern vocals. A lot of comparisons have been made to Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket, but even though Shining… is far more accessible than its predecessor, The Low Lows are a much greater challenge. Each lo-fi track provides a heartbreakingly authentic perspective on the American gothic. As their U.S. tour began yesterday, be on the lookout for a tour stop near you. Here, they perform for La Blogotheque
Dear Flies, Love Spider, a song from their first record: