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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “My Good Luck″ by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson available on his self-titled album on Say Hey Records.
You’re undoubtedly familiar with the many stereotypes attached to the term “singer-songwriter” — the perfectly arranged scruffy appearance, the cloying faux-poetic lyrics, the paint-by-numbers shuffle of acoustic guitar chords — rid your mind of these, though, because you’re about to listen to Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. Yes, this tongue-twistingly named 24-year old Brooklynite still holds strong to the twang-soaked guitar so beloved by those who’ve come before, but he marries it with a artful clatter, a sort of off-kilter fuzz that injects the stale formula with an air of unpredictability. Robinson, whose guitar teeters on the prettier side of out-of-tune, claims a voice that resonates with more years than Robinson has lived. His music literally crackles with an unhinged energy. The ragged, rough-around-the-edges holler Robinson adds to the mix invokes images of taped together mics and dusty amps sprawled about the floor of a rickety shack-like recording studio. On “My Good Luck,” the listener waits in eager anticipation for the ramshackle operation to fall apart in a beautiful collapse. Yet, somehow Robinson and crew manage to hold it together, pushing through the standard tropes we’ve become so used to and creating a wholly original brand of noisy Americana.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is currently on tour with Castanets and will perform at The High Dive on Wednesday, November 12th. Check his MySpace page for more dates. Also, don’t forget to tune in to KEXP on Wednesday at 3PM for his live in-studio performance on the Afternoon Show. For now, enjoy the acclaimed video for his single “Buriedfed”: