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 “Greens, Grays, and Nordics” by Deastro from the 2009 album Moondagger on Ghostly International.
Deastro is the frenetic, starry-eyed alter ego of one Randolph Chabot Jr.. Described with every adjective under the sun — from THICK and RABID to blissful and timeless — Chabot’s music is an otherworldly (add it to the list) electro-pop landscape inhabited by odd and imaginative characters. At just 22 years of age, the youthful mastermind has described the follow up to his 2008 Keepers as the musical depiction of a dream about an Evil King of Darkness, Princes and a quest for the bearer of “ultimate power” AKA the Moondagger. So yeah, when I say odd and imaginative, I sort of mean D&D. Chabot has clearly read his fair share of science fiction novels and could easily be found standing in line at the Majestic Bay next Wednesday for the first screening of HP6 — all of which might normally turn me on my heels running but goddamn, this kid can really craft a song. While Chabot’s voice is reminiscent of the nasally brilliance of Jonathan Wolf (Hymie’s Basement, cLOUDDEAD, Reaching Quiet, Why?), Deastro is a faster moving, more synthetic animal rooted in the pulsating beats of dance and new wave.
“Greens, Grays and Nordics” unfolds beautifully in several descript chapters of immensely danceable blip lines, keys strokes and uhm, mythological imagery. I can’t believe I’m writing about “mythological imagery” with such reverence — silver belts, flying with Nordics, monsters, tigers, kings, Egyptian ruins — by the time you get to the chorus you’ll be singing along and already thinking about listening to the song a second, third and fourth time.
Deastro just came through Seattle about a week ago and have since wrapped up their tour — but according to their MySpace page, you should be able to catch them on Genetropolis, Plutonia, or The Outermost Epsilon Ring. However, if you’d rather follow Chabot in the more earthly confines of his home in Detroit, check out this mini-documentary presented by Ghostly International: