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 “Easy,” by Pure X from their 2011 debut, Pleasure on Acephale records.
Pure X, making their debut with Pleasure, were formerly known as Pure Ecstasy before they learned that a San Francisco band that plays smooth jazz interpretations of classic favorites had dibs and quashed that notion. They adapted, abbreviated it to Pure X, and the trio of Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood carried on with a snappier moniker. Debut is a loose term for their LP, considering the slew of EPs, singles, and a name shift seem to be evidence that Pleasure is a culmination of all that hard work.
Attitude is another beast, and Pure X seem to have a contentment with laying out live tracks that might have been privy to time constraints and ambition to get-it-done. So, despite practices of today’s age of overdubbing, synth effects, and other feats of production, Pure X records live, and the result is traditional rock instrumentation carried out in a spontaneous, organic way, and something that is incredibly enjoyable, warts and all.
“Easy” is one of the happier tracks on the album, emanating a brightness from within. Mid-song, the guitar lines and falsetto vocals topple over each other like an extinction burst into a quiet interlude of calm wrapping up the tune. There’s no denying Pure X shine in creating shadowy, moody echo-chambers of fuzzy sound, but there’s something in the nearly indiscernible vocals that reflect an optimism, and the group’s overall lightness in attitude.
No tour dates are set right now, except for an upcoming show in Dallas, so unless you’re of the lucky ones able to see them live, check in with their website for updates. The video for “Easy” is not yet released, but I hope you can find pleasure out of this little gem also from their 2011 LP, You’re In It Now: