Song of the Day: Elliott Brood - Northern Air

performing live at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, during NXNE 2010
photo by Jim Beckmann

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 “Northern Air” from Elliot BROOD on their forthcoming self-released album, Days into Years.

Elliott BROOD - Northern Air (MP3)

Lifelong friends, Mark Sasso and Casey Laforet began Elliot BROOD in Toronto, Ontario, along with two others and released an EP in 2004. Soon after, the two members were replaced with Stephen Pitkin as an official band member on their following release, Ambassador. The trio manages to be as multi-instrumentalist as possible with lead vocalist Sasso executing the banjo, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica and Casy Laforet, also on ukulele and guitar, backup vocals, bass pedals, and keys, and Pitkin heading up the group’s rhythm section with percussion, sampler and backing vocals as well. Since at least 2008, the band has been a staple on KEXP playlists and they have performed several of our events, including a broadcast from SXSW, a showcase in Toronto, and a performance at the Mural Amphitheatre in Seattle. Fans will be thrilled that even more new music is coming!

The first peek at the new album is “Northern Air,” which delivers a homey atmosphere with its rolling banjo and mellow vocals. While the band may be referring to Canadian living in rootsy alt-country flavor, the song transcends geographical reference and sounds at home just about anywhere. Sasso channels a deep-south twang to set off the intricate banjo picking and lulling rhythm of the song going against the grain of what you might expect from a trio of city-slicking Canadians.

Right now, the Brood is gearing up for a tour in the Canadian provinces this summer, but check their website for further details and updates on future U.S. dates. For now, here they are performing “Write It All Down for You” as part of KEXP’s ongoing Concerts at the Mural series:

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