Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, 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 “Brothers” by Mux Mool from the 2012 album Planet High School on Ghostly International.
Brian Lindgren works the underground scene under the name Mux Mool. His music is best described as synth-laden electronica, with a heavy dose of homespun hip hop over the top. His past experiences and endless influences have helped create his unique sound, always connecting to a certain outlook on life—basically, that the pre-established trajectory for adult life is being completely reimagined. So what about the name Mux Mool? Lindgren said the name was submitted by fans and “Mux is short for ‘multiplexing,’ which is the streaming of many types of information through one channel,” and “Chac-Mool is an ancient Meso-American statue of a reclining man.” A technologically complex breed of synthesis and a timeless piece of indigenous art.
Following up to his 2010 Ghostly debut, Skulltaste, his new album, Planet High School, is funkier and more confident. He explains the concept behind Planet High School this way: “Today, young Americans have very little to look forward to except endless war, endless debt, no Social Security, and [the fact that] none of us can live without the constant fear of poverty. We don’t need to have big houses and cars and a nest egg to get along. There’s nothing that says you can’t rent an apartment your whole life and not be happy.” We think he may just be onto something.
If you’re looking for a nice chill soundtrack this summer, make sure you check out Mux Mool. Read our earlier review of the new album here. Connect with him via his Facebook page or his website. And check out the new video for another cut from Planet High School, “Cash For Gold”: