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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Mixed Signals Through Miles of Pilgrimage” by Talbot Tagora off their debut album Lessons In The Woods Or A City available on Hardly Art.
If you’re in the know, you probably realize that Talbot Tagora is not just a defunct European car; it’s also the moniker for a recent addition to Hardly Art’s increasingly diverse catalogue of artists. Veterans of the now defunct Healthy Times Fun Club and the SS Marie Antoinette, Talbot Tagora came of age (though some of their members who range from 17-21 are still in the process) in Seattle’s underground all-ages scene. They have been likened to art punk mainstays No Age, have toured with Abe Vigoda, and reviews of their live shows rave about their raw energy despite the fact that this trio is notoriously shy. Today’s song, “Mixed Signals Through Miles of Pilgrimage,” features drone-y repetitive guitar, muted drums and heavily reverbed vocals that make the lyrics nearly unintelligible -- but that’s not a bad thing because they pull it off with suck hooky riffs that you’ll sing along no matter what you think the words mean.
After their tour with Abe Vigoda, Talbot Tagora are taking a break and don’t have any upcoming shows listed for now, but keep an eye on their myspace page for future dates because they’re sure to play more around town soon. Here’s another song from the new album, “Ichthus Hop”: