Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “You + Me (Still Together In The Future)” by Oberhofer from the 2013 EP Notalgia on Glassnote.
Oberhofer’s guitar-driven, indie rock-tinged take on bedroom pop is the creative output of Brad Oberhofer, who is backed up by touring musicians in a live setting. After releasing his first single, the impossible to type o0Oo0O0o, in 2010, Brad and his band were asked to open for Sleigh Bells and Neon Indian. More internet recordings followed, as did blog hype and more opening slots, until 2011, when Brad signed to Glassnote and began working on his debut, 2012′s Time Capsules II. After spending the following year touring behind the album, Oberhofer began recording more songs, and the EP Notalgia followed this April. Like It’s Never Been Like That-era Phoenix with a much smaller recording budget, “You + Me (Still Together In The Future)”‘s dizzying vocals and frantic guitar falls somewhere between hopeless romanticism and too-cool-for-love snobbery, forming a fascinating push/pull between the two moods as Oberhofer pours out anything and everything of what’s on his mind. Stop/start dynamics and phasing lo-fi production give the song a constructed, collage feel, but the song’s key moment comes when Oberhofer delivers the titular lyric. Although he’s a member of a generation that spends half their time recalling their childhood via Buzzfeed listicles, Oberhofer isn’t interested in nostalgia, so even if he’s unsure about the future, he’s going for it nonetheless.
Oberhofer is on tour this summer, but they don’t have any dates in the Pacific Northwest on the books at the moment, so keep a tab on their website and Facebook for any updates from the band. Watch the band play an acoustic version of “You + Me” below.