Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Daypodcast 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 (appropriately) “Morning” by Pablo from their soon to be self-released album There’s Rope To Leave.
A brand new toe-tapper from one of KEXP’s favorites: Pablo. What started as a simple recording in frontman Paul Schalda’s home, a year and a half later has ended up being the basis for the band’s latest nine song gem, There’s Rope To Leave, an album whose song “Hey Luci” we featured as a Song of the Day podcast nearly a year ago. The time in between, with the often publicized schism between Paul and his brother Will, as well as other personal things going on in his life, probably had a lot to do with the songwriting on the new album. The songs are clearly personal, but Pablo’s songs have really always been that way. The catchy acoustic guitar and balladic piano (courtesy of a returned Will Schalda) found on Pablo’s 2006 debut Half The Time are also still an active part of Pablo’s sound, as of course is Paul’s distinctive voice. New to the lineup, though, are the Budos Band’s Dan Foder and drummer Justin Guip, the Grammy nominated engineer who worked with The Band’s Levon Helm, in whose studio There’s Rope To Leave was completed. Their combined influences can be heard on today’s Song of the Day, “Morning” as on the rest of the album with its raw, spacious sound that recalls the live production of Half The Time but also benefits from the extended recording time that has fostered a richer, layered and ultimately more rewarding effort overall. Pablo fans, don’t fear: the band hasn’t lost the dynamic song structures, catchy melodies, and lyrical moments that make you want to shout along cathartically. Hopefully for good now, Pablo is back.
You can listen to additional tracks from Pablo on their MySpace page or their website. For now, September 8 is the only scheduled tour date, when Pablo will play The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey, but you can bet that once the new album comes out (November 3), they’ll be heading this way. Here’s a video of Paul and Will playing a KEXP listener party during CMJ last year: