Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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. This week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank our local music community by offering songs exclusively from Northwest artists. Today’s featured selection is “Wrecking Ball” by Seattle band Pufferfish from their 2009 self-released album, Swell.
Pufferfish is another Northwest band in a collection of great ones flying the “freak folk” flag. Banjo? Check. Accordion? Check. Harmonica? You get the point; just add some harmonies and you’ve got all the trappings of a great bluegrass band. Pufferfish however, have made their own lane. They’re a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll, and some bluegrass and folk wrapped in the middle. While not quite as out there as a band like Animal Collective, they do share that same spirit of discovery and experimentation with their music, enlisting almost any instrument they can get their hands on. Swell is the long awaited follow-up to their impressive 2006 debut, Hello Zero, and a great introduction for new fans. Call it alt-country with a twist.
Run out and grab their brand new album, Swell, released today! You can listen to additional tracks from the band on their MySpace page or read more about the band on their website. And check out this self-made video for “Cumulus,” also on the new album: