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 “Out of Love” by Rhett Miller from the 2012 album The Dreamer on Maximum Sunshine/The Orchard.
Rhett Miller may be commonly known as the frontman for Old 97’s, but since his 1989 solo debut, Mythologies, through today, he’s been weaving his own albums in and out of the Old 97’s discography. His most recent release, The Dreamer, is his most rootsy and possibly his best to date, which considering his deep catalogue is really saying something. With solid country twang that no one can resist and aggressive strumming, Miller’s cut-throat vocals manage to empathize, find the deep-secret feelings of others and depict it as his own. This isn’t more apparent than with today’s song, “Out of Love,” in which he describes a relationship falling out of love, and making a clean break out-of-love. He’s coming up with the whole thing after thinking about a friend’s impending divorce.
With his backing band, The Serial Lady Killers, Miller visited KEXP studios before hitting up the Crocodile last Friday. If you want to see where else he’ll be playing live visit his website for current tour dates. Listen to the KEXP in-studio on demand, or check out the official music video for “Out of Love” here: