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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole. Today’s song is “Your Control” by Crooked Fingers from their 2008 album Forfeit/Fortune.
“Your Control” provides a much needed happy ending for Eric Bachmann and Crooked Fingers. After parting ways with Merge earlier this year to go it alone with the release of Forfeit/Fortune, things couldn’t have seemed more grim as an economic downturn has caused fans and interested parties to shove their wads of cash back into their pockets rather than shelling out the dough to buy albums, tickets, and merchandise. Bachmann, with the help of Neko Case, signs gleefully about taking control of life — not living for anyone or anything but thy own self. Perhaps the message rings louder thanks to the 80s-influenced synth pop that surrounds Bachmann’s call for freedom. We are not preached at; rather we are being presented Bachmann’s ruminations inside a dream. The truth is always easier to handle when we’re told it in our sleep. In spite of bank accounts dwindling and aspirations being put on the backburner, Bachmann is telling us that the dream is still alive and attainable even if it means losing a few bucks, eating fewer meals, and making more sacrifices. It’s the pep talk we’ve been desperately wanting and Bachmann delivers it with the right tone and timbre.
According to Crooked Fingers’ MySpace page, a tour is currently underway with a stop lined up for Seattle on November 8th at everyone’s favorite intimate venue, Chop Suey. Rather than sit and twiddle your thumbs, why don’t you enjoy this cover of Okkervil River’s “Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979″: