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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Space & The Woods” by Late Of The Pier from the 2009 album Fantasy Black Channel on Astralwerks.
Late of the Pier is a creative foursome of 20-21 year old English boys who have been making music since 2001, during their early school days while the other boys were playing soccer and rugby. Straying from their native town of Castle Donington, a small village located in the providence of Leicestershire, they stepped outside of their tiny rabbit hole one day in 2004 into the surrounding hillsides, forever changing the landscapes they found. Their music sounds like the wayward child of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, and these three boys could probably recreate their extravagant, lush, electric formula of music if you left them alone for ten minutes in a kindergarteners’ playroom. Like Lost Boys within Peter Pan’s world, Late of the Pier even advertise themselves with character names on their MySpace page: Samuel Dust (sings, strums, scribbles), Francis Dance (plucks, wobbles shelves), Red Dog Consuela (batterie soundscape) and Jack Paradise (electronic battle tapping).
It’s evident after a few listens to their debut, Fantasy Black Channel, that here are four young musicians whose brains and fingers cannot keep up with their blooming creative urges. Each song leaps and jumps from their instruments into a visual spectacle full of lights, lasers and pulsating dance shows by lead vocalist Sam Eastgate. It’s no wonder they first sharpened their teeth at underage shows across the country, quickly gaining a reputation with their electronic funk dance parties. The convoluted journey to their current record label, Parlophone Records, began with WayOutWest Records with the release of their debut single, and today’s Song of the Day podcast, “Space & the Woods,” in 2005. Six months later their second single, “Bathroom Gurgle,” found support via Moshi Moshi Records and was produced by Erol Alkan on limited release with only 500 copies available to their hungry fan base. Fantasy Black Channel, their first full-length, was released August 11th, 2008, via Parlophone Records in the UK and Astralwerks in the US. Sam Eastgate has also been working with Erol Alkan on a side project, La Priest, which has been re-mixed by Alkan and released via his record label, Phantasy Sound. Leaving trails of ridiculous live performances and winning over audiences at Leeds, even while their bassist Andrew Faley was decked out in a bathrobe, these boys clearly have a bright, bouncy and bursting future ahead of them. For now, they are currently wreaking havoc across Great Britain’s’ countryside, touring throughout the end of the month. Check their MySpace page for more information. Here’s another taste of their sound: “Focker” also comes from their new album: