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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Country Queen” by Night Moves from the 2012 album Colored Emotions on Domino.
Night Moves are a cosmic alt-country trio from Minneapolis. As their name might suggest, they send up a kind of 70s aesthetic, but if they’re to be compared with anyone from that decade it would have to be Gram Parsons, not Bob Seger. They’re wonderfully weird and experimental — the slow-grooving songs on Colored Emotions have rich layers of twanging guitars and shuffling, pounding drums. The result is a blend of psychedelic Americana and 2010s indie pop, and the album gets richer with each listen thanks to the unexpected song structures and tight musicianship. While Night Moves may have suffered a bit in the press from idle comparisons to MGMT, mainly due to similarities between Night Moves’ John Pelant’s voice and Andrew VanWyngarden’s (Pelant’s actually tends more toward animalistic ferocity), Domino Records realized their full potential, recently signed Night Moves and released their debut, Colored Emotions, this past summer.
Night Moves were recently in Seattle and actually performed live on KEXP already (listen to the performance here). They’re currently on tour through the Midwest, but you can keep up with them on their Facebook and Tumblr pages to see if they’ll be back any time soon. For now, check out the sexy, creepy, video for Country Queen below: