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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Memory” by Books on Fate from the forthcoming 2012 EP Memory on Ephemerata.
Formerly Books on Tape, the new solo moniker of San Francisco-based songwriter Adam Dishart (ex-The Catholic Comb), Books on Fate specializes in ’80s-influenced tunes that echo the widescreen sentiment of the last M83 album in terms of scope and emotion. Dishart sporadically released songs across the past three years, all leading up to the release of Memory, his first EP that finds the musician arriving fully-formed. Today’s featured song, the title and opening track on Memory, sets an emotive and resonating tone for the rest of the EP. Led by fading synths and a twinkling keyboard line, Dishart’s wistful vocals and smooth delivery hammer the song’s reflective tone home. Erupting in a chorus that recalls traces of The Cure and The Psychedelic Furs, Dishart steps back and lets the song wash him (and the listener) over with a flood of synths before returning to the beguiling clam that opens the song.
Books on Fate will be playing a pair of shows in San Francisco around Memory‘s release, but there aren’t any announced plans for further touring at the moment. Keep an eye on Dishart’s Facebook and Bandcamp pages for any further updates. Watch the video for the band’s song “Carnival Lights” below.