Song of the Day: See Me River – Wake Up Are You Wasted

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

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‚Äôs featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Wake Up Are You Wasted” by See Me River from their second full-length album Time Machine available on

See Me River – Wake Up Are You Wasted (MP3)

See Me River was originally a solo vehicle for Kerry Zettel as a way to express the pretty side of his low drone-y voice, but the project grew into a fully formed band when Das Llamas took an indefinite break earlier this summer. Along with cohorts from the Das and other bands (Band of Horses, Charming Snakes, Tiny Vipers among others), Zettel began to craft haunting, glockenspiel infused Americana-laden songs that are quite a departure from the post punk music of his previous band. As you would expect from a fusion of musicians from other beloved acts, See Me River has created quite a buzz around Seattle, and the release of their second full-length with a more established roster catapulted them into one of Reverb Fest’s must see acts this year. Time Machine was released this summer on Zetell’s own label, Aviation Records, which he started with Steve King (Weird Lords) and which has also put out music from Grand Archives, Fences, Das Llamas, and Weird Lords. For more information about See Me River, head over to their MySpace page. For now, check out this clip from their Reverb Fest performance from The Tractor Tavern on October 4th:

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