Song of the Day: Small Black - Moon Killer

photo by Dave Lichterman

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 “Moon Killer” by Small Black from their self-released mixtape Moon Killer.

Small Black - Moon Killer (MP3)

Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black made a splash last year with a debut album equally noisy and melodic, accompanied by a split single with Washed Out. Now, the four-piece is back with Moon Killer, a free mixtape released on 11/11/11 as a gift to fans. The mixtape, chock full of original tracks and collaborations, picks up right where New Chain left off, with rambunctious synths and drum machines swarming around a heavily reverb’d vocal section. Today’s song is the title track, which starts with a distorted synth line and soon explodes into a full-fledged dance-floor groove, complete with bouncing toms and a catchy, shout-along chorus. Retro in all the right places.

Download the full Moon Killer mixtape for free over at the band’s website, like them on Facebook, and check out this video of the band performing “Despicable Dogs” live in the KEXP studios:

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