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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Go On, Say It by Blind Pilot from the 2008 album 3 Rounds and a Sound on In Music We Trust.
Some KEXP personnel hoofed it down to Portland this past weekend to catch Music Fest NW and to host some great bands at the beautiful Doug Fir over a three-day period. One of those bands was Portland’s own Blind Pilot. You can see coverage of that session and read an interview with the band here. Blind Pilot started off as a duo, made up of Israel Nebeker (guitar, vocals) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums), but has since expanded to between 4-9 people, depending on the day of the week. BPs sound is often reminiscent of The Shins bouncy, jangly pop, but there’s a greater rawness to BP and a greater tendency to fall into minimalist folk compositions. Their recent debut album, 3 Rounds and a Sound, is full of lo-fi vocals and instrumentation, staying in line with other aspects of the group. As musicians and music festivals strive for greener ways of selling and presenting themselves, BP has been riding their bikes up and down the west coast showing bands with far greater resources how it’s really done. Visit their MySpace page to see how awesome riding 50 miles/day can make a group sound, and to further highlight the band’s interest in the simplistic, check out the official video for
Go On, Say It: