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
Saints by Army Navy from the 2008 album Army Navy on The Fever Zone.
LA’s Army Navy specializes in indie pop reminiscent of the early-to-mid ’90s — Their jangly guitars bathed in distortion and their melancholy lyrics warmed by twee melodies. Though it’s been a while since frontman Justin Kennedy led Pinwheel alongside Ben Gibbard, that past experience explains somewhat the direction Army Navy has taken. Much like Death Cab For Cutie, Army Navy has been adopted by tastemakers in the television and movie industries, appearing on the O.C. soundtrack and most recently penning a track for the Micheal Cera film, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Their self-titled debut album benefits from brilliant production work from Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo), capturing the band’s full, dynamic sound while leaving plenty of room for Kennedy’s bark-at-the-moon vocals.
Those of you lucky enough to be down in Austin can catch them all week long as part of SXSW. Check in tomorrow morning at 10:30AM to catch an acoustic performance on our live video webstream with Army Navy from our broadcast in Austin at ME Television studios. Meanwhile, check out this video for
My Thin Sides.