Song of the Day: Yuni in Taxco - King of Borneo

Yuni in Taxco

photo by Jason Tang

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 “King of Borneo” by Yuni in Taxco from their self-released and self-titled EP.

Yuni in Taxco – King of Borneo (MP3)

Today’s offering is of the unclassifiable sort, and that’s alright. Seattle’s Yuni in Taxco seems to draw inspiration from a wide variety of genres including the Beach Boy’s surf pop, Afro pop, the Latin sounds of Os Mutantes and others, all of which give it an eclectic tropical sound. This song is strangely kind of like Peter Gabriel meets Band of Horses (??) but it works. It also makes me crave a daiquiri and not working which makes it the perfect song to get your weekend started (early??). You can catch Yuni in Taxco next Thursday 7/22 playing at The Comet with Mark Matos and OS Beaches. More info at their MySpace page. In the meantime, here they are with a live performance of today’s song “King of Borneo” at The High Dive:

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