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 “Not Today” by Flyying Colours from the 2014 album Not Today on Shelflife Records.
Fans of shoegaze might feel a pleasant familiarity upon hearing the first moments of “Not Today,” but those melodic vocals enclosed in a warped mass of guitar and drums aren’t My Bloody Valentine or Ride, they’re Melbourne’s Flyying Colours. Not Today will be the band’s debut full-length, following their 2013 EP. The four-piece (Brodie Brümmer and Gemma O’Connor on guitar and vocals, and Joshua and Sam Dawes on drums and bass) has already found success in the thriving Melbourne scene since their start in 2011. These Aussies do 90’s revival right while fusing their sound with psychedelic style. They may evoke a strong shoegaze vibe, but their influences range all the way to Fleetwood Mac.
“Not Today” is a lyrically simple song – but that’s the beauty of the genre. O’Connor and Brümmer sing in and apathetic back-and-forth that brings out the melody in their ferocious instrumental background, keeping the persistent wall of guitar at bay. Flyying Colours lure you into their track and when the sound subsides, you’re left to reacquaint yourself with silence.
For now, these folks will be touring Australia, but you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates. Don’t miss Not Today, out later this year, and check out the colorful video for the title track below: