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 Morning Show host John Richards, is “Daylight” by Matt & Kim from their 2009 album Grand on Fader Label.
Matt & Kim are one happy pair and their music plays like it. “Permasmile” would be a good term to describe them both. A wonderful Brooklyn pop/punk duo with a cult following, Matt & Kim are really Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, who met while attending college in New York back in 2004 and have been performing together ever since. With Matt on vocals and keyboards and Kim on drums, their simple sound is not much more than well executed dance beats and synths over quick sung-shouted lyrics, but it’s the passion in which they execute their songs that makes them so special. And they have a loyal and rabid fan-base to prove it, as they’ve already after just their first album become an Internet and MTV sensation and have played to fervent crowds of cheering, dancing at the Siren Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and our own Capitol Hill Block Party. Let’s just say the kids dig these two.
Grand, their second album, on a new label, shows the pair continuing to grow. Recorded in Matt’s parents house in Vermont, the entire album remains within the DIY spirit, and the minimalist keyboard, retro synths, and nonstop beat are still intact, but new layers and overdubs complicate their quick punk rhythms, slowing some songs down so that some of us older folks can dig it too. No matter who you are, you can catch Matt & Kim as they begin their North American tour in the Northwest this week. They’ll be in Vancouver on the 28th, at Seattle’s Chop Suey on the 29th, and in Portland on the 30th. Check out their MySpace page and website for more details. Here’s the incredibly infectious “Daylight” to put a smile on your face and a bounce to your step: