Song of the Day: Pablo – Designed

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Designed” by Pablo from a forthcoming Limited Edition 7″ single.

Pablo – Designed (MP3)

Just when it seems it’s been “forever” since we’ve heard from Pablo’s frontman Paul Schalda, here we find him on our Song of the Day list once again with a brand new single from the band. It’s no surprise really: Pablo has been on quite a few of these KEXP lists over the years, including a coveted spot on John’s Top 10 Album list back in 2006. The band just released their second full length album There’s Rope To Leave last year and performed a fantastic in-studio for us with a lot of those songs (you can listen here). Finally, they are about ready to return with new material on a 5-song EP produced by Tom Brenneck (Budos Band/Dap Kings).

In anticipation of that, Pablo has released a new single, now available as a 7″ on his website (for free and here as the subject of today’s Song of the Day. Pablo has always been one of the more truly DIY bands, replacing a lot of the technical wizardry with honest and sincere songwriting that many KEXP listeners find emotionally relatable. That trademark mix of acoustic guitar and Schalda’s stunning voice leave little doubt this band will continue to progress. In 2009, we found their song “Hey Luci” to be a step forward for the band; it will be exciting to see what they’re capable of with a new producer and studio. If you’ve forgotten about Pablo for a while, it’s time to start taking another listen.

Pablo just performed their last shows of the year this past weekend, but keep checking for updates and new shows on their website and MySpace page, where you can listen to additional tracks by the band. For now, here they are performing “Holy Whore” in Brooklyn this past May:

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