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 “Soak it Up” by Houses from the 2010 album All Night on Lefse Records.
If ever there was a fantasy of stealing away and dropping everything, jobs, responsibilities to start a new life in a tropical place, working with the earth and earning your food then Houses are a testament as to how to make it happen. Boyfriend and girlfriend duo Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina moved from their big city Chicago lifestyle after Tortoriello was laid off to a remote cabin in Hawaii. Without modern day amenities such as running water and electricity they had to engage in the simple life of living off the land and working for their food. There is an organic peacefulness that seeps through the synthesized beats and Messina’s charming vocals. And it’s just that rustic lifestyle interwoven with the couple’s method of songwriting. Between collecting rainwater for bathing and drinking, Tortoriello would work on music with his laptop. When they moved back to Chicago, all the recordings from the Hawaiian getaway were put together and All Night came to fruition. The digital aspect in “Soak it Up” keeps you grounded in the everyday conveniences of technology, but at the same time you can almost hear the rainwater trickling off the palm fronds, feel the humidity and the dirt under your fingernails.
Currently, there are no plans to tour, but the album is quickly gaining attention around the web, so hopefully we’ll see them next year. Keep checking their MySpace page for updates. For now, enjoy the video for their first single, “Endless Spring”: