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 “Ursuline” by Malajube from the 2009 album Labyrinths released through Dare to Care.
Power pop was once king of the midline alternative kid. It was easy to gravitate towards early Nada Surf, Creeper Lagoon, and Fountains of Wayne. Deep inside of their grungy production laid links to The Beatles, the Zombies, and The Kinks — a treasure trove of classic pop that any basic music fan could grab a hold of and never let go.
Malajube comes from similar circumstances. While the Quebec group’s power is drawn more from the province’s growing indie scene that includes modern favorites Wolf Parade and Arcade Fire, the same old-fashioned influences can be found. Throughout “Ursuline” you may focus on the open production that became the trademark for My Morning Jacket and that’s fine. You may compare and contrast the melody of Malajube to their Canada brethren. What you can’t ignore is the timeless hooks and the heaping helping of saccharine pop that oozes out of every nook of “Ursuline.” It’s a musical honey that indie Poohs will risk life, limb, and appearance to find and devour.
Malajube have plenty of tour dates scheduled, so the group’s MySpace page tells us. Unless you plan on making a trip to Ontario, Quebec, or Louisiana, however, you’ll have to wait awhile before the Canadians come calling to the Pacific Northwest. May we distract you with some animation soundtracked by Malajube’s “Pate Filo”?