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 “Blue Lead Fences” by Loch Lomond from the 2011 album Little Me Will Start A Storm on Tender Loving Empire.
Today’s featured song is a blast from the not too distant past, an album that may have been released in February but still serves as a perfect soundtrack for these bittersweet final days of summer. “Blue Lead Fences” from Portland’s Loch Lomond was originally released as a single in 2008 but gets the retreatment and inclusion on the chamber pop sextet’s second full-length release, Little Me Will Start A Storm -- and with good reason. This song is at times charming and endearing, and at others, dark and angsty with its plicky and rhythmic melody and haunting harmonies. It evokes elements of Led Zeppelin and The Decemberists in the same breath (not easy to do!). You can catch Loch Lomond on 9/15 as they help Cataldo celebrate the release of their album at The Crocodile. More dates and info on their Myspace page.
Here’s the video by Alicia Rose shot entirely on Super 8 from the song’s original release in 2008: