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 selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Walls” by Shout Out Louds from their 2010 album Work on Merge Records.
Swedish pop act Shout Out Louds have a way about their music that makes you think “These guys are from Sweden. Probably Stockholm.” More than just the distinct Swede-singing-in-English accent, the band’s sound has that Scandinavian panache that contemporaries like Jens Lekman and Peter Bjorn and John have similarly developed in recent years. In the case of Shout Out Louds, their specific brand of encouraging pop music is about to get a healthy shot with this year’s album, Work.
The album features the song “Walls,” which is a posi-core ballad that stretches across three minutes with a non-stop driving cadence of snare and kick drum hits. The band fills in the gaps with the rest of the tricks in the Swedish Pop bag: a catchy piano hook, vocals from the hallway next door, and lyrics that are worded almost cleverly enough to convince you they’re not singing in their second language. Anthemic and heartfelt, “Walls” is sure to be a highlight among the nine other pop offerings on the album.
Shout Out Louds are on their way to a European tour in March and April followed by a full U.S. tour starting on the east coast in early May. Seattle residents can see the band at Neumo’s on May 15th and if you’re in another city you can hit up the band’s official website for tour updates. While we wait for them to touchdown Stateside, here is a their new video for the song “Fall Hard”: