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. Every Friday, we present a song by a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “Pink Wine” by Seattle’s St. Paul de Vence from their self-released 2012 self-titled album.
Comprised of Alex Malloy, Benjamin Doerr, and Justin Froese, St. Paul de Vence formed as a side project of its members before it became their primary outlet a year later. Inspired by stories of WWII by Doerr’s French grandfather, the band’s debut album attempts to recapture the era’s spirit of loss and triumph in a style that remains true to its origins. With a sound that sounds as finely aged as the titular drink, the rustically baroque sound of “Pink Wine” vividly recalls the scenery of the French town that gives the band its name.
Opening with a soft folk strum, “Pink Wine” quickly rallies itself around an accordion-led chorus. Although toned down in the verses so as to highlight the elegant English lyrics, the rousing chorus features French lyrics, giving the song a sense of both past and present. Seamlessly melding modern and traditional sounds, “Pink Wine” is a beautiful portrait of the past that’s clearly presented decades later.
St. Paul de Vence play a free show tonight from 8-11PM at the Cypress Wine Bar at the Bellevue Westin Hotel. If you can’t make it, they’ve got a series of local dates on the books that you can view at their website. In the meantime, watch a live performance of “Pink Wine” from last year below.