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
Oh No by KaiserCartel from the 2008 album March Forth on Bluhammock Records.
Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel started playing together on March 4th as a way of expressing musical sensibilities that didn’t fit in their previous, separate projects. Their cleverly titled debut, March Forth, proves their new project was worth investing in. The Brooklyn duo worked as elementary school teachers before deciding at the end of this last school year to devote themselves full time to their latest endeavor. Recorded in LA with producer Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) and mixed by Hales and Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros), March Forth is brimming with simple, fun pop melodies reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian or even Seattle’s own Arthur & Yu. Everything about this pair exudes simplicity. They’re not concerned with pushing limits but rather using the things they know well to create an accessible, blissful listening experience. Their spare harmonies ring softly above conversational, storytelling lyrics that speak of day-to-day life without ever sounding mundane. KaiserCartel is currently on a full US tour that reaches its zenith September 13th at Colorado’s Monolith Festival. Check their MySpace page as they just might have a date near you, and we, of course, have the official video for