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 “Haven’t Eyes” by Zoos Of Berlin from the 2011 EP Pallister Chant on Time No Place Records.
Zoos of Berlin are not from Berlin, Europe, or even a particularly cosmopolitan or cultural inventive city in the US; they are from Detroit, a hub of Midwestern industry known best for assembly lines and garage rock. In recent years, however, the Motor City’s music scene has represented an almost inverse reaction to the city’s well-worn associations. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have planted their sound at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the guttural, industrial style you might expect from a Detroit band, and Zoos of Berlin are similarly averse to stereotypes, playing high-minded, beautifully-orchestrated electronic rock that pays homage to the likes of Kraftwerk and Brian Eno. Behind the feathery vocals of founder Trevor Naud and the top notch recording and engineering chops of drummer Collin Dupuis, a go-to-guy of electronic heavyweight Carl Craig, Zoos of Berlin released their debut full-length album, Taxis, in 2009 to near-universal critical acclaim. Though still yet to catch the ears of the populace at large, Zoos of Berlin followed up Taxis with last year’s stunning EP Pallister Chant. Check out today’s featured song, “Haven’t Eyes,” by clicking on the above MP3, and visit the Zoos Of Berlin bandcamp page to stream all four songs on the EP.
A Zoos Of Berlin touring schedule is nowhere to be found, which is unfortunate considering the band’s reputation for incredibly tight live performances. In lieu of an in-person spectacle, check out their colorful video for “Electrical Way” (from Taxis) below.