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 “Lalita” by The Love Language from their 2009 self-titled album on Bladen Country Records
The Love Language’s “Lalita” is both near and far. The North Carolina-based band makes music in a vacuum, sucking out the organic particles of pop to produce a track that is reminiscent of listening to a band from outside the arena; the sort of hallow echo and mumbled melodies caught while quickly passing the source over and over. Yet the group’s raucous atmosphere keeps us all in the frenzied grasp of “Lalita.” We are the guest of honor at The Love Language’s bender. We are immersed in warm embraces and positive energy. It’s a give and take The Love Language do so well, and is the pop equivalent to My Morning Jacket recording in a silo. Transforming muted isolation into music that envelopes every exposed piece of skin. We all have that person in our life that is both closed off yet very life-affirming -- always there when we need a shoulder or an ear. Now replace human flesh with sound waves and you have begun to understand the allure of “Lalita” and power The Love Language yields in each of their eccentric pop pieces.
The Love Language will be spreading their wings at Austin’s staple, South By Southwest, but the band’s MySpace page gives us the bad news: no Seattle dates. Until the day The Love Language leave their sleepy North Carolina boroughs for our Pacific confines, we’ll have to hold onto the band’s album and this live video of the band performing “Providence”: