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 “Patricia’s Thirst” by Choir of Young Believers from the 2012 album Rhine Gold on Ghostly International.
As is the case with a lot of my favorite music, I first heard the Danish band Choir of Young Believers on KEXP. During their a jaw-dropping in-studio session in October of 2009, the group’s poignant and haunting melodies, angelic harmonies, and frontman and group founder Jannis Noya Makrigiannis’s soaring vocals made the performance one of the most memorable of the year, and their live version of “Action/Reaction” -- found originally on their debut album, This Is for the White In Your Eyes -- was, hands-down, my favorite track on Live at KEXP Volume Six, and that’s saying something.
While the songs from their performance at KEXP were characterized by their starkness and by Makrigianni’s raw emotion and reverberating vocals, CYB’s studio albums are far more spunky, pop-oriented, and richly textured with additional orchestral instrumentation (just compare the KEXP version of “Action/Reaction” with the album version). They are also more electronic (the band is on Ghostly International, after all). On March 2, the label will release Choir of Young Believer’s sophomore album, Rhine Gold, and today’s featured song, “Patricia’s Thirst,” is an instant single, showcasing the band’s seamless blend of electronic and traditional instrumentation, as well as Makrigiannis’s vocals, which wash over the song like a reverberating river of beautiful electricity (he has a good voice).
As of now, Choir of Young Believers are scheduled only for a few dates in their Native Denmark after the release of Rhine Gold. Hopefully, a North American tour will follow. Check back with their Facebook and MySpace pages for updates. For now, enjoy two very different versions of “Action/Reaction,” both live on KEXP, one from the Cutting Room Studios in New York and the other from Gibson Showroom in Austin: