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’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Melon Bird” by Point Juncture, WA from their 2nd full length album Heart to Elk on Mt. Fuji Records.
In the “get it now” culture of music enthusiasts these days, taking three years in between records is nearly unheard of for a band. Portland-based Point Juncture, WA (who take their name from a fictional city they created) did just that and have hand-crafted a beautiful album that builds layers of sound and melody that drift between soft lullaby-like ballads and rockin’ shake-your-booty tunes. This shoegazer-influenced four-piece received a lot of attention with their 2005 full-length debut Mamma Auto Bus and even toured in support of Stereolab, Britt Daniel, and local favorites Vive Voce, but they decided to take their time before working on their followup. The band cites the reason for the long break was so they could experiment with different sound and recording styles made possible by the creation of their own home studio located in the home multi-instrumentalist Victor Nash shares with his girlfriend and fellow band member Amanda Spring. Both embody the well-known Portland DIY ethic and built the studio in their basement and turned their entire house into a sound lab creating different layers of sound recorded in all points of their house. Today’s song, “Melon Bird,” fluidly switches from instrumental to vocals with ease and gives you a taste of what to expect from the album. Point Juncture, WA originally self-released this album, but it was recently scooped up by Seattle indie label Mt. Fuji Records and will be released nationally in February. Although they haven’t posted any upcoming shows on their MySpace or website just yet, inside sources point to a Seattle appearance sometime in January.
Check out Point Juncture, WA at a recent performance at Portland’s Mississippi Studios: