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. Every Friday the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Final Heart Beats Black” by Sleepy Eyes of Death on their recently released album Dark Signals from Sleep Capsule/Mass Mvmnt.
Beware when you hit play for the first time on this song. If you are like me, stuck in a cubicle, turn your computer sound way down… but as soon as you get home crank it up so you can get the true experience of this song. Seattle’s Sleepy Eyes of Death create an intense wall-of-sound that makes use of various vintage instruments(keyboards & synthesizers), sequenced loops, drum machines, vocoded vocals, and powerful guitars that blur the line between ambient shoegazer and electronic rock. Their music is mostly instrumental, but a few songs like today’s song, “Final Heart Beats Black,” have vocals that seem more like another layer of instrument rather than actual lyrics. Overall, their music is cinematic, which stems from the band’s fixation on 80’s sci-fi soundtracks and Italian horror scores and explains why they have been getting a lot of attention around town for their live show. From the smoke machines and industrial strobe lights to sheer number of instruments and gear, each appearance is as epic as their music. Thankfully they usually provide free earplugs. You can catch Sleepy Eyes of Death live when they are part of the March 7th Audioasis showcase at The Sunset Tavern. Or if you can’t wait for that, they are playing an all-ages show at Holy Mountain on February 7th. Check out their MySpace page to get more info. For now, here’s a video of them performing at Neumo’s earlier this month: