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 “So Lucky” by Dana Buoy from the 2012 album Summer Bodies on Lefse Records.
Summer Bodies is the debut album from Dana Buoy – who, as many of you know, spent the last decade as the percussionist for experimental indie rocker Akron/Family. What started as hopeful love notes left on an answering machine in Oregon were later crafted into an album in a bungalow near a jungle lagoon in Thailand. Armed with nothing more than a laptop, an MPC1000, and the enchantment of the paradise found there, Dana Buoy, a.k.a. Dana Janssen, shaped the songs while mimicking the tropics that surrounded him. The record was completed months later in Brooklyn, fleshed out almost solely by Janssen with live drumming, guitar, thumb piano, and samples built from omnichords, analog synthesizers and iPad apps. During the recording, Janssen and his engineer weathered an earthquake, followed by Hurricane Irene – neglecting to evacuate and maintaining days of isolation brought on by the tropical storm.
The result is Summer Bodies, the culmination of over a year of songwriting and traveling, a dream-pop record combining elements of Afro beat, synth pop, and what Dana Buoy refers to as “Tropicore.” The songs connect the dots between Paul Simon and Drake, providing a sonic spaceship ride from the beach party to the after party.
Dana Buoy has already come and gone in the Pacific Northwest, having played at Barboza back in May. Hopefully, he’ll make his way back to Seattle soon. In the meantime, you can connect with him on Facebook or even Tumblr. You can also check out this acoustic version of “Futures Part,” another song from the brand new album: