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 “A Just Built Beaming Light” by The Young Evils from their self-released debut album, Enchanted Chapel.
Every young couple wants to document the beginning of their relationship, the time when it’s sweet and good, and intoxicating to be with each other. Anyone who has caught a performance of today’s band The Young Evils can see in their mind’s eye the co-vocalists Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer gazing at each other during the set and the easy banter between songs and know they’re witnessing just that. The music, think The Vaselines with just enough of The Magnetic Fields thrown in, keeps The Young Evils from veering too close to saccharine but just close enough to heartwarming to keep your toes tapping throughout their two-minute ditties. Tunes like today’s song, “A Just Built Beaming Light,” feature the playful harmonies by Nelson and Mercer throughout the fast-paced lyrical equivalent of two lovers sharing a private joke.
The group is rounded out by a cast of notable Seattle musicians including Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees, The Tripwires, solo), Barrett Jones (producer Nirvana, Melvins, etc.), and Cody Hurd (Black Daisy) making the group a super power of sorts and the subject to quite a bit of buzz around town.
The Young Evils album Enchanted Chapel hit stores yesterday. Their myspace page doesn’t indicate a CD release party anytime soon, but you can catch them at The Crocodile on September 9th with Californian soul-punksters The Bellrays. An odd line up, but a good time none the less. In the meantime, here’s a video for “One Way Route” filmed and directed by Evil’s guitarist Cody Hurd: