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 “Ten Years Old” by You Won’t from the 2012 album Skeptic Goodbye on Old Flame Records.
Boston-based You Won’t began as a project between guitarist/vocalist Josh Arnoudse and multi-instrumentalist Raky Sastri. The duo quickly became known for playing quirky, high energy indie folk written by Androudse and produced by Sastri, but they’ve only just released their debut album, Skeptic Goodbye, last month on Old Flame. You Won’t delivers refreshingly lo-fi, retro tracks, with vocals akin to early Bob Dylan and ornate melodies, not unlike those of Neutral Milk Hotel, which work to balance melancholy lyrical counterparts. The band’s thematic instrumental music and freak folk style has also been compared to bands like Arcade Fire and The Shins, but while You Won’t is able to draw on its influences, Androudse and Sastri create an album that is new and unique, clearly proving they are more than just another catchy folk-pop bedroom project.
We were fortunate enough to feature You Won’t during the KEXP broadcast from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop during SXSW. Check out photos from the session here, and look for video to come soon. For more about You Won’t, head over to their website and catch up with them on Facebook. For now, check out their recent video for “Three Car Garage”: