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 “100 Other Lovers” by DeVotchKa from their new 100 Lovers on Anti-.
From trumpets, to sousaphones, accordions and pianos, piled on with the classic guitar and percussion instruments, DeVotchKa crashes down the wall of your typical stock of rock instrumentation. Although, from time to time they feature a rotating cast of supporting musicians to contribute to the group’s big and eclectic sound, DeVotchKa is comprised mainly of four multi-instrumentalist members out of Denver, Colorado. Nick Urata, responsible for the wailing Balkan-esque vocals among the rest, Tom Hagerman, Jeanie Schroder, and Shawn King. Originally, a backing band for burlesque shows, and may be familiar to some by their touring with Dita Von Teese.
“100 Other Lovers” opens with a somewhat disjointed, but galavanting flute, and gives way to a rather cheerful, ubeat song. Compared with previous works such as “How it Ends,” which had a grand, epic sadness about it, today’s song is quite a change. The piano enters at the midpoint breakdown, featuring layer up on layer of interest piquing instrumentation. With Urata’s moaning chorus steps on the heels of each changing phrase, and keeps the song moving seamlessly along.
Having just released the full-length 100 Lovers just a few days ago, DeVotchKa is hot on the track of a supporting tour, and they’ll be at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on March 5th. Check out the full schedule on their MySpace page. And this fantastically charming video for today’s track here: