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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “What You Wanted” by Seattle’s Seapony from the forthcoming 2012 album Falling on Hardly Art.
Seattle trio Seapony specialize in crafting lo-fi pop gems that capture the seaside’s ocean’s breeze as well as its pulsing tide. Formed in 2010 when primary songwriting duo Jen Weidl and Danny Rowland met bassist Ian Brewer upon moving to Seattle, the trio soon had a handful of singles that drew blogosphere attention upon their online release. After releasing their debut album, Go With Me, in early 2011, the band soon followed it up with the Dreaming 7″, and a little over a year later, their sophomore effort Falling was being prepped for release. The opening track on Falling, “What You Wanted” is a smooth breeze of an introduction to the album. Riding a wave of jangling guitars at a mid-tempo pace, Weidl coos with a style that mixes the cool sensibilities of Sarah Cracknell and the girlish pine of Bethany Cosentino. Anchored by a steady rhythm section, Weidl makes her case to her lover that she’s “trying to save someone from their mistake/trying to save someone like you”, and judging by the twee-tempered-with-dream-pop results, she very well may have succeeded.
Ahead of the September 11th release of Falling, Seapony play Bumbershoot this weekend on Monday, September 3rd, on the Sub Pop Stage at noon. Tickets are still available here and keep tuned to their Facebook for any further dates behind Falling. In the meantime, watch the band play a then-untitled song at one of last year’s Concerts At The Mural below: