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 “The More That I Do” by The Field from the 2009 album Yesterday and Today on Kompakt/Anti-.
Axel Willner, also known as The Field, burst onto the scene with a few techno-heavy 12-inch records before delivering his 2007 debut, From Here We Go Sublime. Like any electronic act before him -- whether you begin at Kraftwerk or The Prodigy -- Willner bridged the gap between indie sensibility and the desire in all of us to break away from the wall and dance. The Field’s hook, for lack of a better word, was the underlying current of easiness. No matter how pulsating the backbeat, you could equally sit and relax without feeling the need to slip into slumber or ingest a fistful of downers. Yesterday and Today marks the return of The Field and if “The More That I Do” is to be believed, it seems fans can expect more of the same sun-drenched, lazy summer melodies and high-energy rhythms that made The Field one of great “crossovers.” Expect more pomp to surround Willner this go-around -- and deservedly so.
Thanks to MySpace, we know The Field is currently on the road... in Europe. Makes sense considering Willner maintains his Nordic glow in his homeland of Sweden. Besides, he was just in Seattle touring with The Juan MacLean, so you probably shouldn’t expect him back any time soon. To while away the months hoping more North American dates are announced, might we suggest taking in a cartoon music video to The Field’s “Everyday”?