Song of the Day: silOHs – Western Haunts


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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Western Haunts” by silOHs from the self-released, self-titled debut.

silOHs – Western Haunts (MP3)

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you locked Neil Young in a studio with My Bloody Valentine, you just might get your answer from local singer/songwriter Jake Witt (The Uprights, Ex. Romance). SilOHs reunites Witt with long-time collaborator and Soda Farm Studios owner Jonas DeVarona (The Uprights, Ex Throw Me the Statue, Ex Romance) who are in turn joined by members of Sun Sirens. It originally started out as a solo project for Witt but after falling into the familiar territory of Soda Farm Studios with his long time cohort last summer, it evolved into a fully-fledged project as it became necessary for more musicians to help Witt layer his original folk tunes with shoegazey ambiance. SilOHs treads into the realms of folkadelica similar to fellow Seattle band The Duchess & The Duke, but with more of an alt-country flavor.

You can catch SilOHs at the Rendezvous this Sunday March 7th or live on KEXP at noon on March 29th. Check out their MySpace page for more details and dates.

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  1. steph
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    This song sounds a lot like a Fleet Foxes tune, at least as far as the singing and the subject matter goes. (It also happens that FF is based in Seattle, also.) It’s an alright song, but the resemblance is too strong for me to really, fully like it. No one’s pointed this out yet either, though I don’t think I’ll be the only one.

  2. Alex
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Steph. I was going to say something…. I thought this song actually was a fleet foxes song remixed.

  3. willbow
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I like it a lot, its soothing.

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