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 “Take Me Home” by Poolside from the 2012 album Pacific Standard Time on Day & Night.
Southern California band Poolside is a delightful project from Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise. Both have been around the indie dance scene for some time now. Nikolic played bass for Junior Senior at one point and Jeff Paradise DJed alongside members of The Rapture back in college. But unlike the highly excitable tunes of their peers, Poolside opts for a more subtle approach, that yields a unique and enjoyable sound. Describing themselves as “daytime disco”, they mix elements of disco, house, funk, indie rock, and laid back California swag to create a wide range of music that fits the club as well as the summer backyard party.
“Take Me Home” definitely finds itself amongst Poolside’s most lovable tunes. Sporting a longing guitar lead and one of Nikolic’s famously awesome bass lines, the tune is one big build through most of Poolside’s loves and sounds. It starts mellow, but after the first chorus, the song incorporates a funky drum kit that eventually builds into a house beat. “I want you to take me back home”, Nikolic croons over and over again. The longing is felt throughout this song, and the build emulates the excitement of return very eloquently, albeit in a danceable style. You can grab the tune now, but once you have the whole record (which is also very good), this song will just make you want to return to the beginning of the record and start it all over again.