Song of the Day: Fort Union – Kingdom

photo by Dylan Priest

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 from a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Kingdom” by Seattle band Fort Union from their 2012 self-released self-titled album.

Fort Union – Kingdom (MP3)

Fort Union are quite literally a garage band. Recording in a Seattle garage with minimal equipment and a laptop, Jace Krause and Jake Rohr, formerly of Friday Mile, set out to write music that embodied the honest nature of music unfiltered by studios and labels and that went against what they perceived to be the “guy with a guitar” music scene in Seattle, reminding us that sometimes it’s okay to just chill out a little. “Kingdom” accomplishes just that, infusing breezy acoustic guitars, comforting electric riffs, and catchy vocals to a beautiful melody, creating the perfect late-summer Seattle soundtrack.

For more information on the local duo, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check out Fort Union’s wonderful debut album, available for digital download here, and tune in on October 13 for a live KEXP in-studio session at 6:30 pm. For now, here’s an audience shot video of the band at the Columbia City Theater earlier this year:

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