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. This week’s selections are chosen by all three of our daytime DJ’s. Today’s feature is “Dying is Fine” from Ra Ra Riot’s 2008 album The Rhumb Line on Barsuk.
“Dying is Fine” is like wine. It’s been aged in a cask to house the flavors of 80s pop while maintaining the textures and aromas of modern indie pop — the calling card of many Barsuk releases. Ra Ra Riot may choose to deliver such a potent drink with a rush of beer through a funnel in the middle of a record-breaking keg stand, but those speedy chords and pulse-quickening rhythms are smooth as they gush down your throat. Ra Ra Riot is trying to give us the best of both worlds: speed and substance. We live in a world where sitting and enjoying a drink just isn’t a top priority for fear of the outside world passing us in the blink of an eye. Thanks to Ra Ra Riot, you’re getting an elegant glass, a luxurious meal, and a tantalizing dessert in that eye blink, so you can return to the world before it passes you by.
Sadly, those of us in the Seattle area will not be able to sample Ra Ra Riot’s spread any time soon. According to the band’s MySpace page, the rest of Ra Ra Riot’s year is full with European dates before a return to the east coast to close out 2008. In the meantime, we shall snack on the video of “Ghost Under Rocks” to tide us over.