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. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “In the Beginning” by Daughn Gibson from the 2012 album All Hell on White Denim.
Soulful country-inflected crooner Daughn Gibson is a Carlisle, Pennsylvania, vocalist who The Guardian recently described as “Johnny Cash meets James Blake.” A few weeks ago, he just came out with his debut LP, All Hell, which melds classic country sounds with today’s production/electro-centric approach to making music. On All Hell, Gibson proves himself not only a skilled multi-instrumentalist (trading off on guitar and piano whenever he sees fit). You know how James Blake brought R&B into the post-techno age? That’s what Daughn is fixing to do with country. Bits of different influences like Arthur Russell, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields, and Matthew Dear might pop up occasionally, but this is truly a unique and amazing piece of work. From all early indications, Daughn Gibson just might be one of the brightest rising stars of the year.