Song of the Day: Xylos - In the Bedroom

Xylos

photo by Julia Newman

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 “In the Bedroom” by Xylos from their EP Bedrooms on Numerical Suicide Music.

Xylos – In the Bedroom (MP3)

With the coming of Labor Day, we mark the beginning of the end of summer. Days spent picnicking, hiking, or exploring downtown in the oft mild air will soon be replaced with gray skies, the smell of rain, and increasing cold -- also romantic in its own, yet demure way. So as you prepare to greet the end of moderate sunshine and unabated mountain views, crack open your summer beverage of choice, put on your favorite color-tinted sunglasses, wear your lightest clothing, and enjoy “In the Bedroom” by Xylos. The quintet deliver our last piece of summertime fun with their breezy torch song -- whether they are reminiscing about lost love or the end of the heat, it is done so with a heartfelt lament and an island melody, if the island was some sort of mechanical Paradise Island. “In the Bedroom” taps into the synergy of warmth -- the smells and images that we associate with comfort. Right now, those senses are dominated by our fading summer and Xylos reflect that loss but soon warmth will turn to the cozy and intimate; the bonds of winter. But have no fear because “In the Bedroom” will not lose its appeal as summer melodies turn to winter dirges. We all need a pick me up when the weather and the gloom presses upon us and Xylos will be here every time we need them, like a jar full of sunshine.

Xylos is keeping their touring schedule wafer thin, as evident by the lack of tour dates listed on the group’s MySpace page. Their only spot is at their hometown bar Pianos on September 14th. However, the keen observer will note that Xylos is playing a KEXP in-studio session, which will take place at the Cutting Room Studios NYC to be broadcast on the Morning Show with John on September 16th. But if you head over to their website now, you can download the Bedrooms EP for free!

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