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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Today’s Lover,” by Erik Blood from his 2012 self-released album, Touch Screens.
While the post-4th of July sulfur still hangs in the air, and you’re shaking off the last specks of firework light from your eyes, enjoy today’s song by Seattle producer and performer Erik Blood. From his newest album, a concept one about pornography, “Today’s Lover” is an uptempo electro-shoegaze departure from the norm, sung sultrily by Erik Blood, creeping in and out of the crescendos. It’s glossy and high-energy, but mellowed with the darkness of hardened sexuality.
Erik Blood’s perceived ubiquity in the Seattle music scene kind of parallels today’s featured song in that he performs a lot of different roles for Seattle musicians and the adoring music-lovers. Today’s music lover, or receptive mix candidate can change from day to day — but all benefit from his music — whether he’s performing as Erik Blood, the solo musician, or producing and engineering bands like The Moondoggies, Shabazz Palaces, and THEEsatisfaction. Whatever the project, since he first fell in love with Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine in the early 90’s, Erik Blood has been pursuing dense sounds and grazing the sonic landscape with his Midas touch.
Sad to say, there are no shows scheduled for now (he most recently opened up for Mark Gardener of Ride at Barboza last month), but keep checking his website for updates. The new album isn’t slated to release until August, so just hold your breath and he’ll be back. For now, here’s a video, actually part of an original movie, Center of Gravity, featuring music by Erik Blood: