Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 “Good Light” by The Lucksmiths from their 2008 album First Frost on Matinee Records.
“Jingly-jangly” would be a good description for The Lucksmiths’ brand of music; this quirky Australian band has a name and a sound that can’t help but put you in a good mood. Normally, you might associate Australia with two things: Mad Max and kangaroos. This is happy music that’s remarkably like neither of those. Well, maybe like a nice kangaroo, but can you picture Mel Gibson cruising the barren wasteland in the last of the V8 Interceptors listening to The Lucksmiths? No, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t stop by a roadside cantina for a listen to cheer him up. A band that also knows when to take its craft seriously, The Lucksmiths enlisted the help of Chris Townsend (Portishead, Laura Jean) and his hideaway in the remote foothills of Tasmania’s Mt Wellington to record their new album. That would explain the difference in sound from their previous albums. Is it even conceivable to mix Morrissey with Elvis Costello? “Good Light” is a song that might make you wonder, and these guys can seemingly do a lot of different styles well. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and maybe the three year lay-off from recording and the intentionally spartan recording conditions did the trick. The results turned out great… mate.
The Lucksmiths have no scheduled tour dates outside of Australia yet; however, you can check out their website and MySpace page for more information and music. Here’s the band performing “The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco,” a song you might remember from their previous full-length, 2005’s Warmer Corners: