Song of the Day: Odawas – Harmless Lover’s Discourse

Chad Syme

Chad Syme

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 “Harmless Lover’s Discourse” by Odawas from this year’s The Blue Depths released by Jagjaguwar.

Odawas – Harmless Lover’s Discourse (MP3)

Music is large part of our ability to enjoy the circle of life. Without a soundtrack; without a certain song, chord, or style as our background motivation, what will drive us to go on the big date, take the big job, move to the big city? It is these monumental moments that will always have a soundtrack built by greedy executives and readymade musical acts able to plug their wares into mindless movies and television shows.

But what about the more intimate occasions in our lives? Those childhood memories that shape our growth into adulthood; the cherished recollections of teenagedom that will eventually shape how we raise our own children — the soundtrack to those moments are what we make them. There is no preset song to explain away those emotional highs and lows. But we haven’t had Berkeley’s Odawas around to score those pivotal capsules. The music of Michael Tapscott and Isaac Edwards is the sort of mellow fare that fits in any situation. In the case of “Harmless Lover’s Discourse,” the duo’s work can be either happy or sad. The track has room to breathe in the wide open spaces created by casual guitar strums and outer-space keys. “Harmless Lover’s Discourse” may well be the soundtrack of your first make-up session with that special someone, but it just as well could be the sounds of life crashing down or a night out with friends. So goes The Blue Depths and the versatile works of Odawas.

With only one lonely tour date scheduled in San Francisco (KEXP was just there!) gracing Odawas’ MySpace page, we must play the waiting game. If you can wait just a little longer, you’ll likely see a video or two from the duo’s session on KEXP last week. For now, you’ll have to merely enjoy this fantastic live recording from 2006, at the Village Green Record Store in Muncie, Indiana:

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