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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Picture Perfect” by Strawberry Whiplash from the 2009 Picture Perfect EP on Matinee Records.
Strawberry Whiplash must be Scottish for Syrupy Indie-Pop. This Glasgow boy-girl duo (Lawrence & Sandra) give their best C86 impression with dreamy pop tunes reminiscent of bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Primitives. Classic fuzzed out shoegaze guitars with happy vocals are their signature formula; a mixture of sounds partly inspired from local Glasgow bands Strawberry Switchblade and Meat Whiplash. If music releases were books, their 4-Song EP Picture Perfect would be a great short-story. Fuzzed out guitars and dreamy shoegaze lyrics are all on display, dished up in true retro fashion. Nothing beats the sound of a good Rickenbacker. Is it too late to catch the last rays of sunshine? Maybe not.
The band doesn’t have any tour dates listed, but you can always check out their MySpace page for more info or additional songs. And we encourage you to check out the songwriting half of the duo, Lawrence “Laz” McLuskey’s other project, Bubblegum Lemonade, which we’ve featured here before.