Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Lookout” by Orgone from their 2010 album Cali Fever on Ubiquity Records.
“Orgone” is a word for an energy source promoted in the 1930’s by Wilhelm Reich who described it as a “Universal Life Force.” It’s seriously crazy stuff if you’ve never heard of the concept before, but after hearing this band it all makes sense. Almost their own life-force, nine-piece L.A. band Orgone have been putting out their own blend of jazz, funk, and R&B for a long time. Their amazing rythm section has been together for ten years at least. Maybe it’s spiritualism or the concept of being bathed in sound, but the musical similarities can definitely be made between Orgone as an energy source and as the band. In addition to the fantastic use of guitars, keyboards, and horns, the soulful sound of Fanny Franklin’s voice pulls it all together. Cali Fever is the band’s second album under the Ubiquity label and from all appearances it seems like a match made in heaven, one perfectly suited for the Ubiquity money-back guarantee, though we doubt anyone will be returning this album. Any time you need to get funky give Orgone a spin.
The band is currently on a summer festival tour and are scheduled to make several Northwest appearances this year in Oregon. You can find out more about the band on their MySpace page or their cool website. Here is a video of the band performing “It’s What You Do” a couple years ago in Seattle at the Nectar Lounge: