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 “1,000 Miles, 1,000 Deaths” by Voyager One on their self-released EP Geography.
After a brief hiatus, Seattle shoegazer band Voyager One is back with a new EP of intricately layered compositions that would make the perfect soundtrack for a mission to Mars. Their ambient songs are textured with haunting melodies and tastefully understate lyrics that inspire the mind to wander freely along with the changes in tone and energy with each song. Koepping, who spent some of his time away from this project playing with Grand Hallway and Joshua Morrison took a few minutes to give us some insight into their songwriting process and a little more info on today’s song “1,000 Miles, 1,000 Deaths.”
“Peter or I will start with a loop and then trade ideas for melodies or percussion on top of that loop until it’s completely overwritten and too full of racket to be listenable. At that point we start paring down and removing things until a song starts to take shape. The vocals are almost always the last to go on. 1,000 Miles started with a loop from Peter, and I came up with the vocals while doing an early morning drive through the woods in the fog, whacked out of my mind on a lethal dose of coffee.
Someone close to the band was having a breakup when I wrote the lyrics to 1,000 Miles, 1,000 Deaths. They (briefly) tell the story of that phone call that sometimes happens about 9 months after a breakup, where the one person feels a need to connect, maybe say some things left unsaid at the time, and the person who answers the phone isn’t in the same space to communicate.”
According to Koepping, Geography is only going to be available as a digital release and they don’t currently have any shows coming up but keep an eye on their MySpace page.
Until then, here is a video a la their frequent collaborator Projectorhead for a rare and previously unreleased tune “Electrofunk” also known as “Ideal Living”: