Song of the Day: Lusine – Two Dots

photo by Nathan Howard

photo by Nathan Howard

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 “Two Dots” by Lusine from the 2009 album A Certain Distance on Ghostly International.

Lusine – Two Dots (MP3)

Lusine is the floaty atmospheric brainchild of Texas born Seattlite Jeff McIlwain. Often seen as a descendant of the rave and house scenes of years past Jeff McIlwain’s colorful blipscapes are upright, evolved and wearing pants that fit. Intelligent and purposeful, these sounds are somehow in tune with the unconscious workings of both the mundane and beautiful. One of America’s greatest living directors, David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls, George Washington) even used McIlwain’s work in his most recent film, Snow Angels. If you are a fan of storytelling and humanity, this endorsement alone is enough to give Lusine a spin.

A Certain Distance, Lusine’s latest offering (and second with Ghostly International) seems to pull its focus back from the foggy electronic ambiance of 2007’s Language Barrier (Hymen Records) in favor of 3-dimensional instrumentation and pop structure. I don’t mean to suggest that the haze has burned off completely — “Two Dots,” the album’s first single, takes a lovely step forward into the crossover realm of bubbly pop and post-rock experimentalism. Contributing vocalist Vilja Larjosto’s (Echosystem) demystifies the genre with a precariously balanced style reminiscent of Stereolab’s groundbreaking Emperor Tomato Ketchup –- catchy yet, vital fresh and full of energy. A fine soundtrack to doing nothing in particular — breathing, dancing, staring contests, biking, kissing, road-trips, pin-ball, cooking, sweating, napping, drinking, smiling, diner food and dreams.

Lusine will take part as Ghostly celebrates 10 years participating in Seattle’s Decibel Festival at the opening gala at the Seattle Art Museum on September 24. The all ages event, from 6-9PM, is free to the public.

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