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 song, featured on the Mid Day Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Behold A Marvel In The Darkness” by Deerhoof from the 2011 album Deerhoof vs. Evil on Polyvinyl Records.
Even though they’ve been making music for years, it’s been at least a few since we last heard from San Francisco’s infamously hip 4-piece Deerhoof. A brand new album for these guys shouldn’t seem like big deal, until you realize how difficult it is to constantly try to re-create yourself or “out-do” your last release. With so many great albums under their belt (this is their 11th full length), the microscope just gets closer with every new release. Insert their latest release, Deerhoof vs. Evil, their first since 2008 and first on their new label home, Polyvinyl Records. While drummer Greg Saunier seems like the mad scientists of the operation, it is lead vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki whose trademark vocals set Deerhoof’s adventurous music apart from almost any other band in the world, with the possible exception of Animal Collective.
Today’s featured song, “Behold A Marvel In The Darkness,” is a perfect sampling (especially for the first-time listener) that starts with a gentle mix of acoustic guitar and keyboards, and then wonderful washes of pop hooks and lyrics about highs and lows, the darkness and shadows of relationships -- you know, the sort of thing you’d expect to hear from Deerhoof. At a time when everyone is looking for change and “re-discovery,” maybe it’s not such a bad thing to be known as a good band you can rely on. At least one Deerhoof album should be in any collection, and this is as good a place to start as any.
You can follow the band and listen to tons of additional songs from the new album on their official website. You can also follow the band on MySpace page and Facebook. Deerhoof is currently on tour and is scheduled to play later this month at Neumo’s in Seattle on February 25. Check the full list of tour dates here.
You can follow Satomi around on this official new video for “Super Duper Rescue Heads!,” also from the new album: