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 “Come Rain, Come Shine” by Pallers from the 2011 album Sea of Memories on Labrador.
Formed in 2008, Pallers are a Swedish duo who create downtrodden, electro-pop bliss “for the slightly depressed”. Long-time friends Johan Angergård (Club 8, Acid House Kings, The Legends) and Henrik Mårtensson (who also runs the Labrador label), are veterans of the Swedish music scene who, despite having played together in one form or another over many years, have only just released a record together. The duo’s amazing debut album The Sea of Memories was produced and recorded during a span of three years, the Ten tracks being done in apartments, basements, villas and cabins in Pallers, La mar, Stockholm, Miami and Cape Town.
Influenced equally by ambient, trip hop, electronica and pop music, The Sea of Memories is “difficult to describe in words,” Johan explains “but when music makes a three dimensional universe where you can really sink into the music, it feels like sounds are coming from everywhere, and it’s not like ‘oh, I can hear a guitar, and there’s a drum’, but to put parts together that sound a bit outer worldly.”
On our featured song and lead single “Come Rain, Come Shine”, Angergård uses all his Acid House Kings to elevate the song to dreamy new heights and to put those parts together. It seems to work quite well.