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 tracks, 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 “Street Clothes” by Fool’s Gold from their 2011 album Leave No Trace on IAMSOUND.
Fool’s Gold is unique collective based out of LA. With about 11 performers at any given time, Fool’s Gold made a name for itself by growing out of a mix of artists from bands like Foreign Born and We Are Scientists and by its unlikely combination of African and Middle Eastern styles. Lately, Fool’s Gold has been operating as a quintet featuring the pair who started it all, singer Luke Top and guitarist Lewis Pesacov, along with multi-instrumentalist Brad Caulkins, percussionist Salvador Placencia and drummer Garrett Ray. Although labelled ‘Afropop’, their influences have appeared limitless in numerous interviews, including but not limited to Eritrean pop, Ethiopian soul, Tropicalia, and Western pop with inspiration from The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and The Smiths, to name just a few. For their sophomore album, Leave No Trace (due August 16), Fool’s Gold goes a bit more poppy and produced, as evidenced on our featured track today, “Street Clothes.” Like the rest of the album, the lyrics are completely in English (Top frequently sang in Hebrew on the first one) and is a bit more electronically influenced than anything on their 2009 self-titled debut. In describing the latest album, John Richards says: “Fool’s Gold’s debut was a thing of beauty and the forthcoming followup takes it up another 10 notches, pick a track, any track… All good.”
Fool’s Gold will be headlining the 9th Annual KEXP BBQ on Saturday, August 6, at the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater. Join us for this FREE show!
You can find further updates of the band on their website, and you can get a second track, “Wild Window,” immediately if you pre-order the album here. For now, enjoy the video below from their KEXP performance live on The Best Ambiance with Jon Kertzer: