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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “I See Your Face” by The Caulfield Sisters from the 2011 album Mohawk on American Laundromat.
Longtime listeners of KEXP will remember when The Caulfield Sisters performed live in NY when we broadcast from the Museum of Television and Radio back in 2005. The Brooklyn-based trio of not-sisters — Cindy Wheeler on guitar, accordion, and vocals; Mary Guidera on bass and vocals; and Kristin Mueller on drums — took an extended break after the birth of Guidera’s daughter. Their name, though country sounding, is actually inspired by the oft-band Salinger novel Catcher in the Rye. Musically, though, they’re no phonies. The Caulfield Sisters play a blend of jangle pop and psychedelic fuzz rock that the reviewers in the press tend to liken to a female-vocaled Galaxie 500 and to Throwing Muses. Certainly, Wheeler’s voice takes an occasional Hersh-like bend, but The Caulfield Sisters have a sound of their own.
Today’s featured song, “I See Your Face,” starts off dreamy and slow but quickly picks up and adds layers of shoegaze fuzz to their familiar sound. The lyrics repeat as if in a loop (“I see your face / I see it everywhere / I see it now I’ve got to know / Won’t you take me down, take me there/ Take me to the place I need to go”), but the emotional intensity rises with the song’s volume until you can help but feel the sense of relief and release Wheeler is singing about.
The Caulfield Sisters are currently booking shows for 2011 and haven’t set any dates yet on their MySpace of Facebook pages, but keep checking back as they’re likely to announce something soon. For now, here they are covering The Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Some Candy Talking” a few years ago: