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 “The Sentiment” by Brief Candles from the 2011 album Fractured Days on Guilt Ridden Pop.
Who says shoegazing can’t be fun? On Fractured Days, their third album, and first in five years, Brief Candles have not abandoned their 80’s shoegaze sound but have instead aggressed and tightened up the atmospheric layers. If the Milwaukee band was ever tentative about displaying their influences (My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Cocteau Twins, The Jesus & Mary Chain), they don’t hesitate here. Today’s featured song, in fact, rings in with chiming Chameleons-like guitar notes and hovers melodically through verse and chorus before building into a noisy Ride-esque squall and then washing away. It’s a familiar swell, but Brief Candles have a way about them that seems to carry with each passing wave. You’re as likely to note traces of Real Estate as MBV, and this inspired four-piece — with Jennifer Dixon on guitar and vocals, Kevin Dixon also on guitar and vocals, Drew Calvetti on bass, and Jake Bohannan on drums — never take it too seriously, as you’ll hear on the 30-second fuzz-freakout “Nosferatu Monks.” It’ll have you shouting “Yeah!”
For now, there’s no word of upcoming live shows, but keep checking the band’s website and Facebook page for updates as they come. Here they are performing at the Uptowner during Milwaukee’s Riverwest Fest 2011: