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 “When I’m Small” by Phantogram from their 2009 self-titled EP on BBE Records.
Phantogram is one part Josh Carter (guitar) and one part Sarah Barthel (keyboard). This talented duo from New York have been friends since kids but only started making music together in 2007. I’m still not sure exactly what “street beat/psyche pop” is, but these two are really good at it. On initial listen you might think hip-hop, but today’s Song of the Day only leads you down that path for a few seconds before inserting a nasty guitar riff and the sweet shoegaze lyrics of Barthel over chilled synths and organic beats. Their unique sound makes you want to dance and close your eyes at the same time and leaves little wonder that the band has opened for talented acts like Ra Ra Riot, Yeasayer, and The Noisettes. This is one of the most surprisingly great bands you’ll hear all summer; give them a listen.
Phantogram is currently performing a handful of dates on the East Coast, but they do promise to officially tour soon. When they do, you’ll be sure to find out on their MySpace page, where you can listen to additional tracks from their EP, which also happens to contain this song, “Running From The Cops”: