Song of the Day: Treefight for Sunlight – They Never Did Know

photo by Simon Birk

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, 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 “They Never Did Know” by Treefight for Sunlight off the 2011 album A Collection of Vibrations for your Skull on Friendly Fire Recordings.

Treefight for Sunlight – They Never Did Know (MP3)

Because of the lack of sunlight, almost no plants grow on the forest floor, so a “treefight for sunlight” must be constantly in order. And who wouldn’t want to bask in the sunlight high above the canopy. Treefight for Sunlight, the Cophenhagen foursome, surely makes music that warrants it. The group members — Mathias Sørensen, Morten Winther Nielsen, Christian Rohde Lindinger, and Niels Kirk — have known each other since childhood growing up in or near a city that is known for having bred a good amount of Danish talent with Mew, The Raveonettes, and Kissaway Trail to name a few.

Constantly building and layering, building and layering a sunny disposition calling out to 60’s California pop reminiscent of The Turtles, of the over a campfire rhythm and dramatic instrumentation emulating space-age sunshine. Three-fourth’s of the band members interject vocals to balance the unreeling melodies. It’s over before you know it, but you’re ready to take on a mid-winter tree fight of your own with the burgeoning energy of today’s song.

So far, their tour schedule is empty, but be sure to check out their Facebook and MySpace pages for updates. Here is the video for the slightly darker album closer, “Time Stretcher,” also off their 2011 album:

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  1. JJ
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Yowza! I’m a Seattle musician who lives three miles from EMP/KEXP. Toured a lot in Denmark in the Eighties. Niels Kirk is my kid!

    Funny — I had to go to Denmark to get airplay and make a living playing music. Twenty-five years later Niels does it in Seattle! You got any idea how weird that is? LOL.

  2. Janice Meyer
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow Hoogie, this is a life saga….Niels is a very good looking kid. He looks a bit like you. They have a great sound and to be son young. I know you’re proud and rightfully so. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kirsten
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Hi :)

    I’m trying to find this one song that was played on KEXP awhile ago. I can not find it and it is making me go crazy! It was played maybe a month ago… on a Mon, Tues, Wed, or Thurs between the times of 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. My only hint- a couple words in the lyrics- “And I’m going, I’m going in the sunshine”. It was a heavy, deep male’s voice, chill song…

    PLEASE help. Forever grateful.


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