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 “Saddle Up” by The Boy Least Likely To from their 2009 effort, The Law of the Playground on +1 Music
The Boy Least Likely To produced a surprise hit with their 2005 release, The Best Party Ever. In the midst of indie pop’s move toward kitsch, UK duo Jof Owen and Pete Hobbs crafted their bubbly niche combining the innocence of youth with Brian Wilson-esque fun. We were taken back to the days of naptimes, finger paints, and afternoon snacks. More importantly, we were transported to a carefree time through the power of pop.
The Law of the Playground continues The Boy Least Likely To’s quest to tap into youthful pleasures, continuing where The Best Party Ever left off. It’s cute, quaint, and every inoffensive adjective in between. The band seems ripe for multiple ass-kickings but it’s hard to hate such genuine music. “Saddle Up” is a perfect example of what makes The Boy Least Likely To appealing — the melody resembles the old Coca-Cola staple “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” and while that hippie-inspired sentiment seems oddly placed in the post-Me Generation, it still provides the warm glow of hope that each of us cling to in a world ready to spin off its axis. The reasons for The Boy Least Likely To’s charm are the same as why we are charmed by Barack Obama’s vision of hope and change or the hope of turning a nobody into a star through reality popularity contest. Despite our misanthropic attitudes, we’re still creatures that thrive just as much on the happy times of others as we do schadenfreude and The Boy Least Likely To tap into that most primal of all instincts: the need to care.
The Boy Least Likely To isn’t quite ready to spread their cheer in a live setting, so goes their MySpace page. In the meantime, you’ll just have to cozy up to the band’s albums and enjoy the video for “Every Goliath Has its David.”