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 “Everyday” by Vetiver from their 2009 release Tight Knit on Sub Pop.
Last year, Andy Cabic, the frontman behind the warm folk of Vetiver, released Things of the Past, an album of covers that reveled in his influences as it spun out a series of nearly anachronistic folk songs, soft and slow, even rustic in tone. Thus, one comes to expect that Cabic’s newest album, Tight Knit, will continue along a similar folk path, but in the creation of original composition, Cabic manages to smoothly transition from paying homage to his inspirations to incorporating them in to his own original sound. “Everyday” is reminiscent of Cabic’s earlier work but there’s a splash of sunlight, the hint of a wicker chair and an empty beachside view on display, a touch of happiness less prevalent in his earlier works. To some degree, “Everyday” seems almost poppier than the work that has come before, as if the softer, more somber songs of Things of the Past helped Cabic expunge some of his darker tones, leaving a similarly if not more so cozy, friendly ambiance.
Currently, Vetiver is heading down to Austin for SXSW, but from there they hit the road, touring across the Southwest, up to the Northwest, with a stop at the newly remodeled Crocodile Cafe on April 18, and across the rest of North America. Head over to their MySpace page to find out where they’ll be. For now, here’s Vetiver’s video for the Song of the Day: