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 “10,100” by Magic Castles from their 2008 self-released album The Lore Of Mysticore.
Would it surprise you to find a bunch of dudes posing in wizard garb on the MySpace page for a band called Magic Castles? No, us neither. You might be surprised, though, that this pointy hat wearing Minneapolis outfit perform soothing and dreamy psych rock. Okay, maybe not that surprised — the music is a little trippy and occasionally a little chanty — but the band’s bright yet hazy melodies clue you in that this is decidedly non-Hobbit toting fare (though don’t listen too hard to the lyrics or pay much attention to song titles like “Cave Troll Blues” or you might change your mind). While the band lists Acid Mothers Temple near the top of their “Influences”, it should be noted that the list also includes about 100 other names and it’s in alphabetical order. You’re less likely to hear acid-induced freakouts on The Lore Of Mysticore than Byrdsian jangle pop or Galaxie 500-ian southwestern space rock. Mostly, Magic Castles’ songs float well above the steady drone of much of today’s psych rock and don’t tend to feel like anachronistic Nuggets re-hashes. Rather than being carried toward the past, you’ll find yourself journeying lazily to places unknown. But never fear, the band’s six members, known only by their Old-meets-New Testament names (Jason, Paul, Jeremiah, Matt, Noah, Yahweh), confidently lead you on their meandering path. And remember what they say: “Not all who wander…”