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 “Soul Unwind” by Apostle of Hustle from their 2009 album, Eats Darkness, available on Arts & Crafts.
Andrew Whiteman (also lead guitarist for Broken Social Scene) is the creative genius behind Canada’s Apostle of Hustle. Sharing the stage with him are fellow Canadians Dean Stone on drums and Julian Brown on upright bass. On the new album, Eats Darkness, Whiteman references an extended trip to Cuba. In fact, Apostle of Hustle started out playing quite a bit of Cuban folk music since it formed in 2001, after he spent a bit of time in Cuba himself and learned to play the tres, a Cuban guitar. Now, however, the band has evolved wonderfully into a much more traditional indie rock group… in a good way. Eats Darkness, their third full length, may be their best yet. Recorded in Toronto and produced by Martin Davis Kinack (Broken Social Scene, Hayden), the new album does away with any hints of Cuban folk and instead sticks to a more traditional rock trio approach. “Soul Unwind,” today’s Song of the Day, is a perfect example of their new work, with its wicked bass line, an endless supply of echoing guitars, and a fantastic if not haunting horn section. The music is still adventurous and there are a lot of different layers to keep track of. Who knew eating darkness could be good?
The band is currently doing some television performances to promote the new album but has no upcoming tour information posted yet. You can read more about the band on their website or listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page, and hopefully you’ll see them turn up in your town sometime soon. Last year, when Broken Social Scene performed live on KEXP during the CMJ Music Marathon, they played what was then a new song called “Xerxes,” which is now on the new Apostle of Hustle album. Check it out: