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 “Warped” by Big Spider’s Back from the EP Warped available from Portland label Circle Into Square.
Yair Rubinstein, aka Big Spider’s Back, started making lo-fi bedroom recordings a couple of years ago, but his Warped EP marks his first official foray into the music world outside those doors. Besides it being an impressive debut in its own right, he has already garnered the attention of Pitchfork and our own Morning Show host John Richards (his song “Perfect Machine” was featured on a Music That Matters Podcast earlier this year) as well as several tastemakers in the blogosphere. This DIY poster child is already part of a genre that The Stranger reports may already be a passing trend though it only came into being this summer. (Read their article featuring BSB and other “Chillwave” artists here). Regardless about where you toss this artist into the genre bucket, the one thing that is for sure is he can rest easy on the strength of his music. Rubinstein as Big Spider’s Back creates loops and layers of sound that culminate into atmospheric psych/synth pop a la Panda Bear and Animal Collective. Today’s song the title track from the EP features haunting vocals (though most of his music, like other “chillwave” artists have relatively few vocals) under layers of soaring synth loops and joyful melodies.
You can catch Big Spider’s Back live at Lo-Fi for their/his CD release party on Saturday, December 19th. More dates can be found on his MySpace page. In the meantime, check out the video for “Warped”: