Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 “Open Rhythms” by Bodies of Water from their 2011 album Twist Again on Thousand Tongues.
The Los Angeles band got its start in 2005 after husband and wife David and Meredith Metcalf recruited some of their friends to get together and form a band. In the early days, the band called itself Unicorn of Death before thankfully settling on its current name, Bodies of Water. Since then, the band has released two full-length albums on Secretly Canadian (Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink, A Certain Feeling) which now seem like worlds apart from their latest album Twist Again. Choosing to self-release the album on their own label Thousand Tongues, and now without past members Kyle Gladden and Jessica Conklin in the mix, the married core of David and Meredith Metcalf bring a much more personal and relaxed sound on the new album. Today’s featured song, “Open Rhythms,” is one of the chillier and mysterious tracks on the album, expertly drawing on dreamy string arrangements, guitars, and cascading synths to help round out the sound. There’s still plenty of the sun, pop, and acid in their delivery, but this one is all about laying back and soaking it in.