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 “Glitter” by No Age off their forthcoming 2010 album Everything in Between on Sub Pop.
No Age are a guitar and drums two-piece that sprung out of the LA art rock scene in 2008 after Nouns, their debut full-length album (they’d previously recorded several EPs) on Sub Pop received rave reviews, including a 9.2 rating from Pitchfork. Though they exhibit some latent power pop sensibilities, their sound principally revolves around Randy Randall’s atmospheric, experimental guitar playing and drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt’s catchy vocals that are perfectly tailored for the lo-fi sound they’ve culled from their experimental indie predecessors such as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Guided by Voices, and even Built to Spill (they’ll be playing with Sonic Youth and Pavement at the Hollywood Bowl on September 30th).
“Glitter”, today’s Song of the Day, is a solid, well-constructed, and basically flawless representation of everything there is to love about No Age, and should appropriately whet fans’ appetites for Everything in Between (actually, the entire album can be streamed for your listening pleasure here). “Glitter” is ripe with Randall’s deliciously strung-out guitar and is full of thoughts, wonderings, and uncertainty. Out of this lyrical and instrumental haziness, however, comes a impassioned resolution: “Everyone is out to get you again / But I want you back underneath my skin.”
No Age will be embarking on a tour of Europe beginning in October, after which they’ll return to the States to play a series of domestic dates, including an appearance at Neumos on November 28th. Check their MySpace page and mark your calendars!
No Age are also known for their attention to the visual arts. They take pride in their videos, have produced other visual art, and have certainly played their share of art galleries. Here is their video for “Losing Feeling”: