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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Puritan” by Widowspeak from their self-titled album on Captured Tracks.
Today, we offer up the opening track on the debut album from Widowspeak, a band made up of two-thirds Tacoma ex-pats (they all now currently in Brooklyn). Their minimalistic/ambient nostalgia-drenched music is definitely catching ears across the country based off of a 7” single and their recent release of their full-length debut on Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks (also home to Thee Oh Sees and Craft Spells). For a band whose start was tentative -- singer Molly Hamilton and drummer Michael Stasiak both contributed to a Tacoma music compilation before moving separately to New York, where Stasiak had to convince Hamilton to join up with him -- Widowspeak confidently blends psych rock elements with 50’s/60’s style surf pop sans the fuzz and distortion giving the listener more time to fall in love with Hamilton’s smoky yet cool vocals. Guitarist Robert Earl Thomas adds a nice jangle to Stasiak’s solid beats; together they provide a nice contrast to keep the music from becoming too ethereal or too abrasive. Today’s featured song, “Puritan,” makes a perfect introduction to the band’s engaging sound.
No Seattle dates are listed as of now, but Widowspeak is currently finishing up a tour with Vivian Girls and will be at the Knitting Factory in NYC next Tuesday, September 20. You can keep an eye on their schedule through their band camp and Myspace pages. For now, here’s Widowspeak performing “Ghost Boy” at 285 Kent Ave in Williamsburg: