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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Chinese Braille” by Suckers from the 2012 album Candy Salad on Frenchkiss.
Having played alongside Yesayer and MGMT, Suckers’ sound is just as effervescent and bright, but it’s the victorious vintage quality in Quinn Walker’s vocals that smack of Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, and even Phil Collins. Musically, though, they’ve grown from their quirky 2010 debut, Wild Smile, and in their second LP, released in April, they’ve dialed back the genre-hopping experimentation in favor a more direct and produced effort. Perhaps Candy Salad is a simpler album, as the band themselves claim, but the result is that the sun-kissed melodies stand out that much brighter and the album itself is that much more enjoyable. Today’s featured song, “Chinese Braille,” is an immediate standout with its driving beat, whistling melody, and early-Genesis vibe (is Walker the missing link between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins?). Give a listen and decide for yourself.