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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Gravity Feels” by Millionyoung from the 2011 album Replicants on Old Flame Records.
About a year ago, we featured Florida’s Mike Diaz (a.k.a. MillionYoung)’s “Hammock” as a Song of the Day podcast. That song and his first two EPs of dreamy laptop tunes, Sunndreamm (2009) and Be So True (2010), have paved the way for this year’s full-length debut. Replicants -- out this week digitally and physically on 2/15 -- isn’t necessarily more fully realized than the EPs, but in its length it’s more expansive and reaching. Here, Diaz is able to allow himself more leeway to search the ether for the right beat and melody for the right moment. While much of the album is blissfully upbeat, like the title track, today’s featured song, “Gravity Feels,” is a more chill exploration of cosmic quirkiness. In it, goofy sci-fi sounds follow a loping bass line into a field of dissonant distortion that eventually opens up to a pretty straightforward Love and Rockets-esque melody... and it’s done. It’s an odd but rewarding journey emblematic of the entire album’s experience. If you wanted to love Animal Collective but found yourself preferring Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi instead, than MillionYoung is for you. Actually, it’s for everyone. Enjoy the dance party:
Currently, no shows are booked at the moment. Diaz’s touring band came through town about a month ago and stopped by KEXP. You can listen to the session here. Undoubtedly, they’ll be back on the road following the February release of Replicants, so you haven’t heard the last of them yet! Check their website and MySpace page for updates.