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 “I Slept With All Your Mothers” by Harriet from the 2012 self-released EP Tell The Right Story.
Alex Casnoff left the Los Angeles folk band Dawes in early 2011 to pursue his own musical endeavors. The result is Harriet, a four-piece group he formed later that year and whose self-released debut EP Tell The Right Story was released in early in 2012. Listening to Harriet, it’s clear why Casnoff felt the need to leave Dawes, whose tender-hearted, laid-back folk differs vastly from Harriet’s impassioned, anthemic rock. A keyboardist in Dawes, Casnoff now plays piano, guitar, and provides lead vocals for his new project, and after hearing “I Slept With All Your Mothers,” today’s featured song and the single from Harriet’s debut EP, it’s hard to believe he hasn’t been fronting his own project for longer. His slightly raspy voice is incredibly powerful, and on “I Slept With All Your Mothers,” he holds back as the instrumentation builds before unleashing a series of spine-tingling wails to bring the track home. If you want to hear more, you can stream the entire EP on the band’s website, and you can download the album for the small price of entering your e-mail address.
According to their website, Harriet doesn’t currently have any tour dates booked, but check back here for updates. In the meantime, you can check out the video for “I Slept With All Your Mothers” right here: