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.
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: