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. Todays selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds” by The Russian Futurists from the 2010 album The Weight’s on the Wheels on Upper Class Recordings.
Toronto, Canada, is home to The Russian Futurists, a surprisingly upbeat pop project created from the bedroom analog recordings of Matthew Adam Hart. After forming his band and doing his act solo for years, Hart decided to enlist the services of other musicians to help with his live show; he hasn’t done it solo ever since. The band has released four albums since their 2000 debut, The Method of Modern Love. Their new album, The Weight’s in the Wheels, represents their first new material since 2005 and a much more polished product than their notoriously lo-fi past work. Hart himself has described the band as “Eric B and Rakim meets the Cocteau Twins,” although psychedelic pop seems just as good a label as any. Light guitars and heavy synth are just part of the formula, as are Hart’s amazing vocals. Today’s featured song, “Hoeing Weeds and Sowing Seeds,” was mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, The Bravery) and is the lead single on the album. Fans of fellow Canadian bands Junior Boys and Caribou should give this a listen.
You can read more about the band on their wonderful website and listen to additional songs on their MySpace page. They’re currently touring the other side of the country, but while you wait for your chance to see them again, here’s a video for “Paul Simon” of their 2005 album: