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 “Lab Test” by Reporter from their forthcoming album Time Incredible available from Holocene Music.
Portland band Reporter will lull you into a false sense of security then make you get off your ass and boogie - and if you’re lucky serve you up some late night French fries. Reporter was born out of the ashes of experimental post punk dance rockers Wet Confetti who kept the experimental and dance-yness of their music but also incorporated synths, dreamy vocals a la front woman Alberta Poon. Poon along with Daniel Grazzini and drummer Michael McKinnon (who is also a potato purveyor via his late night French Fry cart Potato Champion) recently signed to arty Portland label Holocene Music which began as a nightclub that began promoting bands and multimedia art events and has recently morphed into a record label (they also put out Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose as well as The Shaky Hands). “Lab Test” is one of the more dreamy tunes from their upcoming release due in large part to Poon’s Feist-ish vocals and Grazzini’s astutely repetitive guitar riffs.
Folks in the Portland area can catch some all-ages Reporter action at Work/Sound this Saturday 2/27 with Wampire Diaries, Johnny X & the Files, and Fake Druggies. Check out their MySpace page for more dates and info.
Here’s a video for “Lab Test” by Scrappers & Dickbird documenting all the fun you can have in a cemetary if you have a limbo bar: