Song of the Day: Kingdom of the Holy Sun – Getting Higher

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Getting Higher” by Seattle group Kingdom of the Holy Sun from their 2015 self-released album, The Return of the Sun Kings.

Kingdom of the Holy Sun – Getting Higher (MP3)

Referring to their music as Psychedelic Shamanistic Madness, Seattle’s Kingdom of the Holy Sun have carved out a sound steeped in vintage garage sensibility. Building upon their past releases, with The Return of the Sun Kings, the band has achieved a uniquely rich organic connection with each instrument an essential ingredient in achieving a majestic internal coherence. Today’s featured song, “Getting Higher”, is the album’s midpoint and a full-bodied THC-induced workout. Carried rhythmically with its head nodding backbeat, the track quickly opens up to a wall of tasty phychedelic sound, dipped in a drastic elements while keeping a consistent melodic heart. Breaking the surface in hazy string drenched sunshine, the loving bite of guitars and laissez faire vocals keep the track invigoratingly fresh and full of yesteryear wonder, like a stoned teenage memory.

Pick up your copy of The Return of the Sun Kings from the group’s Bandcamp page. To keep up to date and find out where the band is playing next, check them out on Facebook. For another audio trip, listen to the groups live set on KEXP and let your ears drift away:

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