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 spotlight a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Wishing You the Best” by Campfire OK from the 2012 self-released album When You Have Arrived.
Look out, Fleet Foxes: there’s a new indie folk-rock band in town. If you haven’t heard of Campfire OK, perhaps you’ve seen them around Seattle, performing impromptu shows in places like Capitol Hill’s Oddfellows Cafe. This band of minstrels began to take shape in 2010, when vocalist Mychal Cohen started recording what would become the group’s debut album, Strange Like We Are. After acquiring bassist Aaron Huffman (of Harvey Danger fame) and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Eckes, Campfire OK have produced another collection of tempestuous tracks. On “Wishing You the Best,” the first single from When You Have Arrived, Cohen delivers his earnest plea (“I’m sorry if I was overbearing / But I didn’t mean it”) backed by the thunder of hand-claps and the spine-tingling sound of Eckes’ banjo.
Campfire OK will perform at Los Angeles’ Hotel Cafe next Tuesday and will return to the Pacific Northwest next month. Check their website for more information and watch the video for “Wishing You the Best” below.