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 “Railroad Track” by Willy Moon from the 2012 single on Third Man Records.
It’s not surprising that Willy Moon has found his way onto the Third Man Records roster or Jack White’s most recent tour. White, who is slowly becoming an elder statesman of the latter-day blues-rock scene, seems like the perfect mentor for the soulful young New Zealander. (You should hear his take on Little Willie John’s “I’m Shakin’.”) Moon’s approach to songwriting is economical – some of his songs barely make it past the two-minute mark – and his aesthetic is minimal and nostalgic. “Railroad Track,” his first single for Third Man, sounds like it belongs on a film noir soundtrack. Moon’s swaggering confidence and the ominous backing vocals lend the music an air of danger – this is probably one track you don’t want to go down.
Lately, Willy Moon has been shining bright. His song “Yeah Yeah” has been featured in a new iPod ad and he’s currently touring the UK with Jack White and will be visiting France in November. As of yet, there are no plans for U.S. dates, but you can follow his frequent updates on his website and Facebook page. For now, you can watch the always dapper Willy Moon in this recent video for “Railroad Track”: