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. Today’s featured selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Into the Blue” by Versus from their latest release, On the Ones and Threes on Merge.
You may not remember Versus from the independent, alt-rock insurgence of the early nineties, but starting with their 1993 debut, The Stars Are Insane, Versus let loose a solid rock catalogue continuously refining their sound until 2000 when a ten year hiatus took hold. Now taking cue from their Merge counterparts Superchunk, Versus reemerge with another great comeback.
On the Ones and the Threes features original members, brothers Edward and Richard Baluyut and bassist Fontaine Toups. “Into the Blue” has us wrapped up in Toups’ innocent but hardly naive vocals. The song is also rife with nostalgia in the dissonant, atmospheric chords, bells, and full-bodied sound juxtaposed with soft anticipation between verses.
The only shows pending for the New York based band are in Boston and Philadelphia according to their MySpace page. And while their live shows might be scarce, check out our song of the day live at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn: