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 “Raindrops” by Grand Hallway from their self-release album Promenade.
Grand Hallway are an 8-piece orchestral pop outfit made up of members from such local KEXP favorites as The Maldives, Voyager One, Sleepy Eyes of Death among others. Regardless of the collective’s impressive resume, this particular project is earning well-deserved praise from fans and the music community alike. Grand Hallway got their start in 2006 and have two other releases and several West Coast and Japanese tours under their belt. Today’s song, “Raindrops,” is the opening track on the their second full-length album, Promenade, which recounts the dissolution of one relationship and the blossoming of another as narrated by singer/songwriter Tomo Nakayama (Asahi, Jen Wood Trio). This song’s soaring melodies and choral vocals will sweep you off your feet at first listen.
You can catch Grand Hallway tomorrow night at the University of Washington HUB w/ The Maldives and Colonies (it’s a benefit for the UW Fisheries Dept.) or on Nov 13th at The Sunset with Final Spins. After that, they head out for a short tour before playing part of the KEXP Yule Benefit on December 12th w/ The Thermals, Cave Singers, and the Builders and Butchers. Check out their MySpace page for more dates.
Here’s a video for “Seward Park” from their 2007 album Yes is the Answer: