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 during our Summer Fundraising Drive, is “Blue Noun” by Pressed And from the 2011 Imbue Up EP on Mush Records.
Swirling and schizophrenic, Pressed And’s mixture of psychedlic tones, big beat drums, and chopped up vocals come together to make a fully-formed brand of post-chillwave that’s both relaxed and imperative. The track perfectly sequences its builds and climaxes, keeping you wrapped in the noise just long enough to fully soak in all the layers before releasing you to prepare for another dip into their dream-like pool of sounds. It’s a sip of your morning coffee… plus a little dose of acid.
Formed at UNC Chapel Hill, Pressed And is the duo of Mat Jones and Andrew Hamlet. After releasing their first material on the split EP with It is rain on my face (Jones’ solo project), the Imbue Up EP followed in November 2011. Met with a great deal of music-blog acclaim, the duo embarked on their first nationwide tour, during which they wrote the material their forthcoming EP, Hyper Thistle, out on July 17th via Mush Records. Save for a handful of New York shows in June, Pressed And don’t have any nationwide dates booked, but you can be the first to know about their next tour by visiting their Facebook or their page at Mush Records. Late last year, they collaborated with video producers for an audio/video extravaganza in Chapel Hill. Here’s one of the videos produced for that event: