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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap from the group’s 2009 album Conditions on Glassnote Records.
For moviegoers who found themselves in the cool air-conditioned theaters during a showing of 500 Days of Summer, “Sweet Disposition” will play all too familiar -- in melody and in thought. There’s a restless love song hiding beneath The Temper Trap’s anthem to surrender. Emotions tied up within the notion of longing are powerful. Most experience their first heavy dose of the butterflies early in high school, tongue-tied by our hopes and fears. It’s this sort of primal desire that “Sweet Disposition” embodies and for that, it will find a place in your head should you allow it. It’ll burrow in and become part of the soundtrack to lost loves, current loves, and loves yet to be discovered. The Temper Trap implore us not to stop until we reach the end and any hopeless romantic will dare to tell you, there is no end and therefore you can never stop. So as your legs grow heavy with lactic acid from moonlit escapades and your heart grows large with the love of one hundred fantasies, you can draw strength from “Sweet Disposition,” and maintain your sweet disposition through the thick and thin of love.
The Temper Trap’s MySpace page is fat with tour dates, but aside from NYC, Philly, Boston, and Toronto -- including a live performance today during KEXP’s broadcast from the Cutting Room Studios at CMJ (7AM PST) -- most of the dates place the band on other continents. As you wait patiently for the UK band to return to Western shores, perhaps the video for “Sweet Disposition” will keep you complacent and content.