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 song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Alone at Night” by Psychic Rites from their debut self-titled 2014 album.
Local electronic trio Psychic Rites – who hail from Moscow, Idaho, and currently reside in Portland, Oregon – describe the band as “Neon Doom Disco” and that pretty much says it all. Members Mike Siemens, Dave Miller and Andy Schmidt are currently finishing their debut LP, due later this year, but one thing is for certain: You can expect them to make dark, dance music. In fact, we dare you to not dance along to “Alone at Night.” The song is both fresh and familiar, sugary synth pop with an edge, an element of twitchy, controlled noise. Romantic without being nostalgic, “Alone at Night” is moody and seductive. Before things get too sweet, it goes quirky, cloudy.
Catch the band live – they set the room on fire. On Saturday, May 31, Psychic Rites plays the Volume 2014: Inlander Music Festival at the Red Room Lounge in Spokane. Tickets for the festival are a steal, $17 for two days available here. So far, that’s the only show listed, but check their Facebook page for updates and more info on their future tour. For now, enjoy the official video for “Alone at Night”: