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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Death Watch” by Alias from the album Resurgam on Anticon.
In late August, Alias released his first solo album in five years on Anticon after spending the last few years collaborating with other multi-instrumentalist artists. Today’s Song of the Day is the seventh track off of Resurgam, Latin for “I shall rise again” and appropriate not only for the return of Alias but also his move home to Portland, Maine, from Oakland. He originally found himself in Oakland eight years ago as a part of the first wave of Anticon artists to take residence in a warehouse, using his remaining $300 after the move from home to make his first album. The years have been kind to Alias as he’s risen the ranks of electro-acoustic composers and collaborated with every member of the Anticon family, including Saul Williams, Sage Frances, and Will Oldham. The impressive list of gear detailed on his MySpace page makes for a provocative and dramatic Song of the Day track, “Death Watch,” which, like the other tracks on Resurgam, was recorded by Alias in his home studio. And to think, it all started with Theo Huxtable, or at least according to his biography, which is too adorable for me to even attempt to paraphrase. Here’s a freaky video for “Sixes Last” from an earlier album: