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 “Director’s Cut” by Head Like a Kite included on the GIVE Seattle 2009 benefit compilation.
Hometown heroes Head Like a Kite is the bombastic electro-pop from the body and mind of Dave Einmo. I say “from the body and mind” because Einmo is cut from that wonderfully special cloth of electronic music types that plays instruments. You know, like with his arms and feet and stuff. I mean sure a macbook and turntables are instruments but you know what I’m getting at here. For me the best, most vibrant , engaging electronic and hip-hop music comes from the minds of musicians rooted in tradition –Jazz, Emo, Pop, R&B or Rock n Roll – and the instruments and song structures of said influences. Head Like A Kite clearly falls into this category. While he views his work from the perspective of a DJ, Einmo records his own pop tracks live – samples and chops them all to hell – creating unique and danceable melodies along the way. Like many of his Mush label mates (Her Space Holiday, cLOUDEAD, Clue to Kalo) Einmo – with assistance from countless friends in studio (Boom Bip, Marc Bianchi, Asya of Smoosh) and on stage (drummer Trent Moorman accompanies him live) seamlessly melds a multitude of sounds together to create interesting and fantastic soundscapes that bleed freshness and familiarity. Unique but accessible.
“Director’s Cut” – from the recently released GIVE Seattle compilation (available at local Vita Coffee shops, Sonic Boom, Easy Street ) benefitting local Arts Corps and Food Banks – is a ridiculously catchy track that begs the listener to dance about like a madman. Featuring Tilson from the Saturday Nights “Directors Cut, “ (which will also appear on Head Like A Kite’s upcoming album Dreams Suspend Night on Mush May 10) ropes you in from the get go with an immediate introduction to one of Einmo’s sharpest hooks to date – atmospheric synthesizer and blippy keys match the herky-jerk beat beautifully, allowing just enough air-space for Tilson’s lyrics to truly soar.
There’s only one upcoming show listed on Head Like a Kite’s MySpace page for the Someday Lounge in Portland this Friday. Surely, with such prolific performers as Einmo and his touring companion, Trent Moorman, HLAK will be stirring it up in a hometown club soon. For now, here’s the Chase Jarvis-directed video for today’s Song of the Day: