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 “Let It Go” by The Asteroid No. 4 from their fifth release, These Flowers of Ours, on The Committee to Keep Music Evil.
It’s impressive enough these days for an under-the-radar indie-band to merely stick together through years of musical trials and tribulations. Philadelphia group The Asteroid No. 4 has gone one step further, weathering over a decade in the oft-times fickle music industry while continuing to craft innovative album after innovative album. The band pulls from a diverse group of influences including 60s pop, the 90s psychedelic scene, Gram Parsons, and the British bands of first years of the 1990s. On their fifth release, the band has chosen to sign with The Committee to Keep Music Evil, a label co-founded by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, which he created for the purpose of allowing less mainstream musicians to continue to make music that challenges buck restrictive mainstream trends. “Let It Go” showcases the album’s at-times folky, psychedelic shoegazer pop with recognizable elements of Ride and The Church amid a My Bloody Valentine-like squall. The Asteroid No. 4 recently finished a length of European dates and will continue to tour through the United States early next year. Check the band’s website and MySpace page for future updates. For now, here’s The Asteroid No. 4 playing a cover of Rain Parade’s “I Look Around”: