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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Ride That Cyclone” by Larkin Grimm from her third album, Parplar, on Young God Records.
Larkin Grimm has the kind of scattered back story that publicists can only dream of. Grimm was born into the cult The Holy Order of MANS to a Sinti fiddler and a Cree folk-singer. She’s attended, and dropped out of, Yale, lived in Alaska, returned to Yale, recorded the first of three genre-bending folk records, and then moved to Rhode Island, where she currently resides. Ms. Grimm considers herself to be a “radical environmentalist” who forgoes common politics in favor of, yup, anarchism. And impressively enough, she’s talented enough to tie all of these disparate threads together, forming a variety of folk music far off the beaten path. “Ride That Cyclone” is like traveling music filtered through a cloudy haze of startling hallucinogenics. It’s a wild ride, fueled by guitar that seems birthed in the world of tango, Grimm’s low and almost-creepy voice, and a seedy blend of off-kilter strings and muted horns that, by the end of the song, have swirled in to a musical maelstrom. There are hints of world music and jazz scattered in the background, and Grimm’s talent is evident in her seamless ability to tie it all together in to this moody of a song. Larkin Grimm is currently touring on the East Coast. Check her MySpace page for updates.
Here’s a video of her performing in Spain: