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 is “Every Melting Degree” by Violens from the 2012 album True on Slumberland.
Formed in 2007 by former Lansing-Dreiden collective member Jorge Elbrecht, Violens apply a D.I.Y. approach to first wave shoegaze and post-punk influenced guitar pop. Their first album on Slumberland, True finds the New York City trio embracing a fuller, brighter sound along with the incorporation of more 60s pop melodies. The fifth track on True, pounding drums and thick power chords open the track before phased-out guitar and Elbrecht’s soft vocals take over, creating a smoothly flowing backdrop of sound. Elbrecht’s guitar playing style is equal parts Daniel Kessler and Robin Guthrie as he tears through an array of sonic textures, his vocals echoing the line “I forgive you” as the rhythm section speeds up and brings the song to a close with a whirlwind of crashing sounds. Alternating between soothing melodies and heavy guitar, “Every Melting Degree” takes the loud-quiet-loud approach to the sounds of the late ’80s college rock scene, resulting in a song that embodies the qualities of the birth of feedback-soaked guitar as well as its recent revival.
Violens are finishing up a leg of the tour behind True this month in California, but beyond shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco, there aren’t any further dates on their itinerary on the moment. In case that changes, keep track of the band on their website and Twitter. Watch the video for the True track “When To Let Go” below.