Song of the Day: Crocodiles – Sleep Forever

photo by Katy McCourt-Basham

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Sleep Forever” by Crocodiles from their 2010 album Sleep Forever on Fat Possum Records.

Crocodiles – Sleep Forever (MP3)

We first heard San Diego duo Crocodiles in May of 2009 when they stopped by KEXP for a quick in-studio performance of songs from their debut album, The Summer of Hate. Since then, the band has been busy in the studio finishing up their second album, Sleep Forever. It seems a lot of bands made major improvements to their sound in 2010 and Crocodiles are no exception. Compared to their previous work, their new material seems much more polished and mature, some of which has to be credited to famed British producer James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Florence and the Machine, Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys). Gone are the overtly dark tones and blatantly obvious influences of Jesus and Mary Chain and Echo and the Bunnymen; replacing them are the slightly poppier sounds and a whole new set of textures to work with. If you have yet to hear this band, our featured song “Sleep Forever” is a perfect chance to get acquainted. Similar to the transformation of another great California band this year, Wavves, Crocodiles seem to be making all the right moves.

The band is currently touring and is expected to play at The Crocodile (pun intended?) on Jan 19th. You can listen to additional songs from the band on their MySpace page as well as their own website. For now, enjoy the video of last year’s hit single “Neon Jesus”:

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