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
Darlin’ by XX Teens from the 2008 album Welcome To Goon Island on Mute.
London quintet XX Teens -- formerly known as Xerox Teens -- recently released their debut full-length album here in the states, which includes a number of singles that were released ahead of the album. One such track, and the album’s first single,
Darlin’, was listed as one of 2007s best tracks by NME. And now that the album is out,
Darlin’ is fixing to be the subject of a near-future EP. Check out that EP, which includes the studio version, a remix by dub artist Andrew Weatherall and more. To take their experimental punk pop to the next level, XX Teens enlisted the production capabilities of Ross Orton (MIA, Fat Truckers). The album is full of ultra fuzzy, distorted drums, programmed art-pop beats and spoken-word lyrics. Welcome To Goon Island is an ambitious debut that is likely to have a polarizing effect on listeners. While most of the album’s experimental trappings are easily assimilated into the everyday listener’s vocabulary, it may take a few extra listens to accomplish. Check out their MySpace page for all XX Teens-related info, and have a gander at this lengthy and bizarre video for