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 featured selection, is part of the weeklong celebration of the Iceland Airwaves Festival. Today’s song is “For 12” by Other Lives from the album Tamer Animals available from TBD Records.
Though we normally feature local artists on Friday’s we’re making a special exception to bring you music featured in the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. KEXP began their first-ever international live broadcast earlier this week in Reykjavik, Iceland. It’s been an amazing experience hearing favorites like Gus Gus along with new finds all sharing their music with us at KEX. If you were up at 6AM today, you likely heard today’s artist Other Lives performing live on the air. Those who may have missed it can check it out in the streaming archives and look at photos here.
Other Lives originate from Stillwater, OK, and have been on a meteoric rise since the release of their self-titled debut album put out by TBD Records (who also feature Radiohead, Port O’Brien, and The Henry Clay People on their roster). The band is made up of multi-instrumentalists and features a wide array of strings (cello, lap steel, guitar), keys, and percussion. Many of their songs feature swooping melodies, layers of atmospheric and moody sounds and instruments, and vocals which are treated more like another instrument rather than a device to convey a narrative. They seem a natural fit for Icelandic ears trained to appreciate the ethereal and beauty of bands like Sigur Ros and múm.
Right after their session at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, Other Lives will head to the U.K. and other parts of Europe on tour. Find out where and listen to more music on their MySpace page or website. For now, here they are performing today’s featured song, “For 12,” earlier this year in the KEXP studios: