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 “Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise” by Black Moth Super Rainbow from the 2009 album Eating Us on Graveface Records.
Pennsylvania psych-rockers Black Moth Super Rainbow (BMSR) are what you might call weird. In fact, there’s probably no better way to explain their music than to admit you just can’t explain it. It tends to remind you of things like the tunnel scene in Willy Wonka and movies like Clockwork Orange; just really “out there” heady stuff. The band is so odd they even use alternate names like Tobacco, The Seven Fields of Aphelion, and Father Hummingbird. It’s no surprise they opted to work with Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips/MGMT) for the big new studio album; their unique sound comes to life with the new accouterments yet still manages to maintain most of it’s experimental roots. A good representation of the new album, the Song of the Day, “Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise,” has an unreal sound to it — the heavily filtered vocal effects, Beatles-esque guitars mixed with muted beats and old-school synths make it modern with a retro twist and without a lot of heavy psych as you might expect. While they’re definitely not a new band on the radar (they’ve toured with the Flaming Lips), they’re still a band you might not have heard before, so give it a listen. And BMSR fans won’t be disappointed.
The band is currently on an East Coast Tour. You can listen to additional tracks on their Myspace page or read more at their website. Normally, we’d give you a video to watch, but the band’s interactive video for “Dark Bubbles” is one you have to experience for yourself by heading over to the label’s website. Do it now. It’s totally worth it!