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 Morning Show host John Richards, is “So Fine” by Telepathe off their 2009 album Dance Mother on IAMSOUND.
Thank God for musical side projects, for the nagging need to move past what you’re best known for and create something entirely of your own making. Without them we’d be bereft of Handsome Furs, Little Joy, Menomena and a profusion of other amazing bands that merely begun as a beguiling flicker in some musicians mind. Add to the list Telepathe (pronounced “tel-e-path-ee”). Melissa Livaudis and Busy Gangnes did time with First Nation and Bloodlines respectively, before realizing a collective need to bust out heavy, pulsing near hip-hop beats mixed with a sort of Gang Gang Dance sort of vocal squall. From each of their former bands, one can hear influences, but the combination of the two creates a new sound, a synth-heavy, throb seemingly birthed from a late night tryst between the Eurythmics and mid-80s industrial. Though it is danceable, there’s a darkness that flitters on the edge of this track, a sort of morbid drone that fills the bass beats minute cracks.
Telepathe is currently performing with The Faint and Ladytron throughout April (they’re playing in Milwaukee on the 1st) before they jump over to Europe for a full tour there. You can find dates on the band’s MySpace page and website. For now, here’s the video for “So Fine”: