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 “Sooner or Later” by ZAZA from the 2009 Cameo EP on Kanine Records.
ZAZA is the dreamed-out pairing of multi-instrumentalists Jenny Fraser and Danny Taylor. Leaving behind the seasonal subtleties of their native West Coast, these Brooklyn transplants have created a small collection of songs that demonstrates the potential lurking below the chilly isolation of winter life. “Sooner or Later,” from ZAZA’s debut EP, Cameo, finds the duo melting away the cold with ethereal vocals, softly strummed guitars and pulsing rhythms. While certainly paying tribute to the lushness of sound popularized by band’s like Ride and Slowdive, “Sooner or Later” takes a clear step away from the guitar-centric sound of shoegaze — instead building the song’s structure up around a tom-laden beat that is equal parts hypnotic and engaging. More subdued than Fraser’s previous work with The Warlocks, ZAZA consciously lowers the wall of sound allowing the listener extended access to the kind of sanguine reflections hidden by the monotony everyday life. This is the sort of music that will remind you of real-life moments that played out like the slowest of dreams. Eating cinnamon rolls with green grass at your feet and a new city across the water. Watching snow hang in the orange haze of Broadway. Baseboard heaters, ferry rides, shared tents, kid-sized hi-fives and baggage claim — you know, beautiful stuff like that.
ZAZA will be playing live on KEXP next week, during our broadcast from CMJ at The Cutting Room Studios NYC. Tune in at 7AM on Monday, October 19, for their session, and then check them out if you’re in New York for one of their several CMJ showcases. Consult their MySpace page for details. For now, check out this moody video for today’s Song of the Day: