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, is “Invisible Cities” by NOMO from the 2009 album Invisible Cities on Ubiquity Records.
Although lead songwriter Elliot Bergman gets a lot of the recognition, Ann Arbor Michigan’s NOMO are actually an extremely talented collection of musicians, each of them fine tuned experts of their craft. It’s only when they all get together that they create something so unique. Their sound simply wouldn’t be possible without everyone working together and pushing the boundaries of their instruments. Ubiquity Records is home to many eclectic artists who mix hip-hop, soul, funk, and jazz; NOMO seems to be a rare mix of just about all those genres wrapped into one, adding in a bit of Afro-Beat as well. While they’re obviously inspired in large part by Afro-Beat pioneer Fela Kuti, they don’t seem to let that constrain them. In fact, they barely hold back at all on their wonderful new album, Invisible Cities, their fourth album in seven years, and also the name of the opening track and today’s Song of the Day. Enjoy!
NOMO are currently on tour In Europe and have tons of scheduled dates throughout the summer. If you didn’t get a chance to see them live, you just missed them playing in the Pacific Northwest! You can find out more about the band at their website and listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page. Here’s how they sounded (and looked) when they played Nectar in Seattle last summer (courtesy of indierockreviews.com):