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 “Fever Dreams” by Nurses from their 2011 album Dracula on Dead Oceans.
As we head into the Halloween weekend, it seems only appropriate that we end our Song of the Day podcasts with an appropriately themed song off an album entitled Dracula. It starts with a synthy drum roll, and rather than plunge you into darkness as the title suggests, you’re treated to the upbeat and quirky stylings of Portland band Nurses. Once called the little brother of Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, this trio has carved their own course with their psych-tinged experimental pop (with emphasis on the pop!). This new effort is sonically bigger than their debut (which was recorded using just an internal Macbook microphone and primitive recording software). It was recorded on the Oregon coast where the band spent a winter locked up together in a cabin. All work and all play were was the right formula for Aaron Chapman, James Mitchell, and John Bowers who purposefully wanted to shut themselves away from outside influences. And it paid off. Dracula is chock full of tasty pop-tastic tunes you can really sink your teeth into (pun intended).
You can catch Nurses TONIGHT 10/28 at the Sunset Tavern with Dominant Legs and Jabon. More dates and info on their MySpace page. For now, here’s the official video for today’s featured song: