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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Accelerated Yearning” by Steve Hauschildt from the 2012 album Sequitur on Kranky.
Both in his solo work and his contributions to the Cleveland trio Emeralds, musician Steve Hauschildt has been exploring electronic textures and soundscapes for the better part of his adult life. His sophomore solo album, Sequitur, follows nearly a year after the release of his debut, Tragedy & Geometry, and continues that album’s trend of using an array of vintage equipment to create modern sounds, but introduces Hauschildt’s vocals into the mix for the first time. However, in order to contribute to the Kraftwerk-esque soundscape, Hauschildt’s voice is rendered almost completely unrecognizable and is used in a more instrumental sense than a lyrical one. “Accelerated Yearning”, one of the album’s tracks to feature Hauschildt’s new approach, finds him navigating his instruments between the thin line between scientific atmosphere construction and emotion-stirring expression. Hauschildt’s restraint keeps the Blade Runner sounds of “Accelerated Yearning” in an intimate setting, letting the evocative tones breathe as Hauschildt uses them to release his desire.
Hauschildt has a handful of 2013 dates booked as a member of Emeralds, but there isn’t any word on solo gigs, so keep an eye on his website and Twitter feed to be the first to hear about any dates. Watch the geometric, Sabrina Ratté-directed video for the Sequitur track “Interconnected” here: