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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Oklahoma by Bishop Allen from the 2009 album Grrr… on Dead Oceans.
Brooklyn’s Bishop Allen has proved magnetic ever since Charm School, their 2003 self-released debut. In recent years their music has frequently been taken up by commercial interests including last year’s ode to indie, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Their latest effort, Grrr…, shows primary BA musicians Christian Rudder and Justin Rice streamlining their pop sound. The melodies are simple, the vocals crystal clear and the repeat value of the record is quite high. Grrr… probably won’t be remembered as the band’s greatest work, but only because it’s but one further step in their still ascending success story and a welcome addition to their growing catalog. Best of all, the album spreads out its highlights and is decidedly free of fluff, a lesson they must have learned from filtering their monthly EP experiment (12 in a row!) into the solid 2007 album The Broken String. Over the next month, Bishop Allen is blanketing Europe. Hopefully, they’ll be back through the US after that. Head to their MySpace page for exact dates and stops. Meanwhile, here’s the video for the song you’re going to have in your head all day long,