Song of the Day: The Pica Beats – Shrinking Violets

Pica Beats

Greg Descheemaeker

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. Every Friday, the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole is “Shrinking Violets” by The Pica Beats from their debut album Beating Back the Claws of the Cold on Hardly Art.

The Pica Beats-Shrinking Violets (MP3)

Hardly Art is brewing some serious magic these days as they seem to be gathering some of Seattle’s finest and most interesting bands (The Moondoggies, Arthur & Yu, and The Duchess & The Duke to name a few). Newly added to their roster is The Pica (pie-ka) Beats — a hyper-literate, mostly bespectacled, collective that started in 2005 with one man in Vermont and grew from there. Two years later, frontman (and guitarist/sitarist) Ryan Barrett met drummer Colin English shortly after releasing a solo album here in Seattle, and the two began to collaborate on what would eventually become Beating Back the Claws of the Cold.  With Barrett at the helm (he both produced and mixed), they brought to life an album with a lyrical narrative that follows a cast of characters that includes Egyptian sun gods, demons, and cultural oddities.  If you missed their CD release party yesterday with Cock and Swan and The Curious Mystery, you can catch them at Vera on October 24th.  For more information check out their myspace page or their website, which is visually pretty cool. Check out these photos from their recent in-studio session:

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