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 “Thankful” by Caveman from the 2011 album CoCo Beware on Magic Man! Records (due September 13).
Caveman is a five piece from New York heavily influenced by 80’s rock and the sounds from artists like The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac. Late last year, Caveman went into Love Boats Studio with Nick Stumpf, the former singer of the French Kicks, to record their debut studio album, CoCo Beware. The album showcases some of the dreamy chamber pop and multi-part harmonies that the band is quickly becoming known for. In fact, this band’s recent history is what you might kindly call a “whirlwind.” In a little under a year, they have gone from relative unknowns to opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Cursive, Wye Oak and Yuck. Listening to their debut, CoCo Beware, it’s easy to see why the band has garnered so much attention in such a short period of time.
Never heard of Caveman? Luckily for you, our featured track “Thankful” is one of the absolute standouts on the new album and a perfect way to get acquainted. As Summer starts to fade into the background, this seems a fitting soundtrack for the arriving Fall. We can assure you this is a band you’ll be hearing much more about after their album is released. You can try to keep them for yourself, but we have a feeling you’ll be sharing this one with a lot of others.
After a successful tour with Here We Go Magic, Caveman will also be playing a few dates with The War On Drugs next month, hitting the East Coast, the Midwest and Canada before returning to New York to celebrate their digital album release at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday, September 15th. No Seattle dates are listed yet, but you can find more information on their website. For now, here they are playing “Easy Water” at the Bowery Ballroom earlier this year: