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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole. Today’s Song of the Day podcast features “Leave It To You” by the New Zealand band Minisnap from their 2008 album Bounce Around on Magic Marker Records.
Minisnap is a direct descendent of The Bats, a New Zealand jangle pop stronghold since 1983. Minisnap, compiled of three of the four members of The Bats, features the songwriting of Bat’s guitarist Kaye Woodward. The Bat’s lead singer, Robert Scott, is the fourth and absent Bat, obviously making Minisnap a vehicle to release Kaye’s compositions and showcase her talent for earnest and honest singing. Kaye’s vocals offer a little more of a light-hearted bounce than The Bat’s tunes, but overall, the sound doesn’t stray far from the happy-version-of-the-Velvet-Underground sound that has influenced many bands over the last 25 years. At a quarter century, Portland-based Magic Marker Records released the debut album by Minisnap in August. Even with technology as fancy as it is, touring to the US is probably a major undertaking for a Kiwi band, and there appear to be no US tour dates coming up. As their MySpace blog puts it, “we need to work at day jobs in NZ because there are not enough people to sustain us in a music career.” So, a YouTube video will have to do for now to supplement the Song Of The Day. Check out the video first track, “New Broom” off their debut release and more nuggets of pop pleasure on their MySpace page.