Every Monday through Friday, we offer 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 “Your Free Spirit” by Mesita from the 2010 self-released Living/Breathing EP.
When you’re young, you can do impulsive things like pack up and go to a new city. Hell, I was the same age as Littleton, Colorado’s James Cooley, when I followed the allure of grunge to a city I had never even visited before, but back then I had nothing to bring with me and remained a spectator of the burgeoning music scene. Not so for the 22-year old Cooley, whose project Mesita’s chill tropical vibes could just as easily pour out of a bedroom in Brooklyn or L.A. as it does now in Seattle. His self-released Living/Breathing EP (available for free on his MySpace page and website) fills the small yet cozy gaps between Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, Beirut and The Dodos, spaces that have yet to be claimed by other Seattle artists.
As of yet, Mesita has not performed live in Seattle, though he promises on his Facebook page to try to “get the live stuff up and running” in 2011. For now, you’ll just have to satisfy yourself with all the free songs and EPs he offers for free download, including this song: