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 “Head Spins” by High Places, from the 2008 album 03/07 – 09-07 on Thrill Jockey Records.
It’s a rare beauty that a song and title are copasetic; two beings becoming one to fulfill potential beyond sound or name. High Places’ “Head Spins” happens to be one of those superior tracks, combining the imagery of the title with the din and confusion of a head trapped in spin. “Head Spins” captures lose thoughts and neglected matter as it is moving around in one’s dislodged brain, rattling and droning to drown out any coherent thought. The track’s melody exists in a fuzzy limbo as neurons are delayed in firing — the result of one too many blows to the head. The duo of Rob Barber and Mary Pearson has transformed mild electronic dalliance into full-fledged experimentation, with “Head Spins” standing as example of art imitating life. In pieces, “Head Spins” is as nonsensical as music gets, but as a whole its electro-pop heart and tribal rhythms body form a funky Frankenstein’s monster — and if anyone can relate to the phenomenon of being detached from one’s head, it’s him.
High Places’ MySpace page informs us the band is readying for a European tour but not before they settle some unfinished business in the United States. In the meantime, enjoy a live performance of “Head Spins” via Pitchfork TV.