Song of the Day: James Apollo - Two x Two

photo by Tracy Clayton (view set)

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Two x Two” by James Apollo from his 2012 album Little War, Little Less on Marterry Music.

James Apollo - Two x Two (MP3)

James Apollo is oft-characterized as a “wanderer,” and the city which he currently treads is Seattle, which he came to in 2010 from Brooklyn because he was “ready for some sunsets.’ Apollo’s restlessness started at age 16 when he left his home in Arkansas. He’s since embraced a “live for the moment” philosophy, as a kind of traveling troubadour, every expanding westward and beyond in the finest sense. Today’s song is the first nibble off the forthcoming, Damien Jurado produced Little War, Little Less. “Two x Two” is a pensive introduction to this follow up of his 2011 release, Til Your Feet Bleed. The song takes on the wide open prairie, tapping into his inner nomad with a tribal, pow-wow inspired rhythm.

James Apollo Just swept through Seattle, but if you seemed to have just missed his live performance on KEXP, or his past show at the Columbia City Theater, he’s headed toward Bellingham on the 10th if you can catch up. Nothing is slated for later, but stay tuned to his website for updates. Until then, check out his recent KEXP in-studio live on the Morning Show with John Richards here, andd watch this live, acoustic session recorded in a shed:

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