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 “Into the Trees” by Still Corners from their 2011 album Creatures of an Hour on Sub Pop.
At least here stateside, UK band Still Corners have been one of London’s best kept secrets. With their recent signing to Sub Pop and a brilliant debut album, Creatures of an Hour, that veil of mystery isn’t likely to last much longer. In fact, the band just recently performed in the KEXP studios and had their first ever Seattle show in front of their label’s hometown fans to much success. The four piece band is fronted by the soft spoken vocalist Tessa Murray, and it’s immediately clear that her beautiful yet haunting vocal style is the shoegaze engine that runs this pop machine. Their trademark sound is dark, moody, and dreamy without sounding icy or deliberately experimental. Many of the beats and synths are basic, but it’s the way they all come together that makes this act so special and accessible. Our featured song “Into the Trees” is a shining example of the dream-pop coolness that Still Corners exude with ease. With just a few UK bands on the Sub Pop roster, it’s clear this band has lofty aspirations and isn’t done creating. The band is currently on tour in Europe but will be back in the States this December.
Catch up with the band on their Tumblr site to learn more. Here’s a video of another song from the new album called “Cuckoo”: