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 “Mystery” by Pond from the 2010 album Beard, Wives, Denim on Modular Records.
Let me first make it clear that today’s feature song, “Mystery,” is NOT brought to you by the Portland-based, 90s Sub Pop band Pond, but by the modern-day, Western Australia three-piece band Pond that sound curiously similar to fellow Aussies and Modular label-mates Tame Impala. The similar swelling psychedelic sound could be due to the fact that two of Pond’s three members are Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson, whom you might recall are also members of Tame Impala (bass and drums, respectively). Guitarist Joseph Ryan has joined them to round out Pond’s lineup, and though their sound is certainly reminiscent of Tame Impala, the trio manages to carve out their own psychedelic niche with a sound that is more freewheeling and diverse.
Though Pond has been playing and recording together since even before Tame Impala released Innerspeaker in 2010, Beard, Wives, Denim is their first full-length release on Modular. The band is currently performing at various spots around the globe in support of the new album, and will be at The Sunset Tavern in Ballard on April 5. If you’re on the fence about whether to attend or not, tune in to KEXP on April 5 at 11AM to hear them perform live on the Midday Show, and check out some of Jim Bennett’s photos from their incredible performance from Buffalo Billiards in Austin during SXSW: