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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Way of the Crow” by Jennifer Castle from her 2012 album, Castlemusic, on No Quarter.
Singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle is one of Canada’s best kept secrets in their indie music community, but after a series of inspired collaborations with artists from Fucked Up, Doug Paisley, and The Constantines, her anonymity may soon be a thing of the past. Described as”[taking] the world very seriously, while believing very much in impossible things”, Castle is inspired by the rhythms of life, birth, and death, and of the juxtaposition of the mundane and surrealism in life. But she takes her carefree attitude in stride, choosing to put her music and writing above her “folkie” image. On “Way of the Crow,” Jennifer Castle’s easy and caressing voice softens the mood as elements of traditional country effortlessly plays off of modern atmospherics and electric guitar. To hear a song that straddles the voids between folk, country, rock and electronic music is refreshing and interesting to engage with, to say the least.
While there aren’t any upcoming tour dates to speak of in 2012, her latest album, Castlemusic, is out now. For artist photos, interviews, and other content, please consult her Facebook and Myspace pages. In the meantime, check out an intimate performance of “Way of the Crow,” courtesy of Canadian-English newspaper, The National Post: