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 “Sky” by Sisters from their 2010 album Ghost Fits on Narnack Records.
Last week Brooklyn’s favorite noise loving duo Sisters got together with the ever-expanding Narnack Records to release their debut LP, Ghost Fits. Equal parts Northern California and Western Massachusetts, Sister’s got it’s start when Aaron Pfannebecker and Matt Conboy found themselves studying fiction writing together at the New School in New York City. The pair quickly found common ground in their love of all things noisy – first settling to play together with others – but eventually paring things down to the garage rock essentials so many of us love to take cover beneath. While on paper Pfannebecker and Conboy play “the drums” and “the guitar,” Sisters is really so much more.
Living and breathing music as part of the legendary Death By Audio warehouse in Williamsburg (Conboy is one of the collective’s cofounders), the duo soon invented ways to push their sound to the outer reaches of what can be deemed lo-fi. With Sisters the typical bread and butter is tossed into a food processor of doubled amps, pedal-loops, keyboards and custom kick-drum fueled synth to create a experience that is exciting and comforting all at once. Today’s Song of the Day, “Sky,” is like drinking a mimosa and coffee at the same time (a practice I highly endorse). The hooky melody and lackadaisical vocals soften the harshness of morning — while swirling 90’s era Mascis guitars charge your heart and clear your vision for the day ahead. You’re basically getting it all here — but for me what’s most exciting is what Sisters holds back. Nestled beneath their stratospheric level of technical skill Pfannebecker and Conboy are gifted students of popular music. These two start, stop, add and subtract on instinct and understanding that comes along with what I imagine to be a couple of pretty hefty record collections. It’s not hard to hear some of my favorite music within the fuzzy walls of Ghost Fits. Fuckin’ A — Ghost Fits is on its way to becoming some of my favorite music. Highly recommended.
Currently, Sisters are performing in NY during CMJ. Yesterday, they performed live on KEXP at the Cutting Rooms Studios NYC. You’ll be able to listen to the session soon on our Live Performances page. For now, head over to their MySpace page to see where they’ll be playing.