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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Edward the Confessor” by Breton from their 2012 album, Other People’s Problems, on FatCat Records.
Going strong for about two years, The South London-based collective (Roman Rappak, Adam Ainger, Ian Patterson, Daniel Mcllvenny, and Alex Wadey) are modern day Renaissance men, having their hands in alot of soups: sound design, producing indie/hip-hop tracks for friends, art school, filmmaking, performing live soundtracks to films, and in general, consuming all types of music, from the Wu-Tang Clan to Crystal Castles to The Talking Heads to the Akira Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The four-piece are primarily film-makers with cutting-edge video and sound design work under their belts for the likes of The Temper Trap and Penguin Prison. For their independent short films they are award winners and regular fixtures at film festivals. From their base in South East London, a former bank now aptly named ‘bretonLABS,’ they can be found capturing and cataloguing a wealth of found sounds which they use in all of their audio-visual work. Breton intense D.I.Y attitude led them to release three critically acclaimed EPs in 2010; the most notable of which was released on Hemlock Recordings, the label responsible for championing releases by Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie, and James Blake. The band spent a large part of 2011 recording their debut album at Sundlaugin, the remote Icelandic studio home of Sígur Rós. After signing with indie label FatCat Records in 2011, the band supported cult hero Tom Vek as well as fellow experimental artist and Mercury Award nominee Ghostpoet on his UK tour.
“Edward the Confessor” is regarded as one of Breton’s favorite tracks to perform live, however, I would be remiss in saying that the song itself, though an intellectually exciting menagerie of math-rock, indie hip hop, dubstep, and electro, is but one part of their larger agenda. Their strengths lie more in their live shows, which sees them shrouded in black hoods manipulating guitars, bass, synths, drums and laptops to create a unparalleled cinematic soundscape. Onstage, they are lit only by their self-shot visuals, cut and edited live, in real-time by their touring fifth member.
Other People’s Problems was just released and now Breton are currently on tour in the US in support of the album. Unfortunately, there’s no Seattle date this time around. For a list of where they will be, as well as other band-related info, please consult their Facebook page or FatCat artist page. In the meantime, check out the video for “Edward the Confessor” here: