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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Kali Yuga” by Georgia Anne Muldrow from the 2012 album, Seeds, on SomeOthaShip.
In Hindu belief, Kali Yuga refers to the last of the four stages the world goes through before its end, and it’s a mighty dark stage, referring to the degeneration of human spirituality and morality. But Georgia Anne Muldrow, singing about it in today’s featured song, seems to approach this otherwise gloomy look at the current state of the world with an easy groove. Muldrow’s expressive vocals mesmerize and pacify, cloaking the inferences in a heavy, melodic, free form trance that implies that it’s gonna be all right, even when the time comes.
Georgia Anne Muldrow has worked with a multitude of artists in the jazz and R&B realm, including standout commercial acts like Erykah Badu and Mos Def, but her new album marks the first time she’s turned over production to someone else. On Seeds, Madlib radiates a sunny 70’s vibe and hypnotic beats, while Muldrow weaves a lyrical spell. It’s a new sound for both, but one perfect for the sunnier days ahead.
A chance to see Georgia Anne Muldrow live might be rare right now. She’s been playing a few Northeast dates with her partner Dudley Perkins, a.k.a. Declaime, but a full tour has yet to be announced. Keep checking in here for updates. Until that day comes, check out the official video for the title track to her new album, Seeds: