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. This week, we are featuring songs by artists performing KEXP’s broadcast at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Today’s featured song is “Will We Last” by Fufanu from the 2015 EP Adjust To The Light on One Little Indian.
Back in 2009, Captain Fufanu was the first act I saw on my very first trip to Iceland Airwaves. The then-duo of vocalist Kaktus Einarsson and programmer/guitarist Gulli Einarsson played a weird kind of techno to a scattered and mostly disinterested group of “important people” in the press lounge. As quirky as they were, with Kaktus, channeling his father, Einar Örn of The Sugarcubes and Ghostdigital, with exaggerated dance moves and occasional trumpet playing, Captain Fufanu were undeniably memorable. A few years later, they’ve transformed quite dramatically, both shortening their name and adding more members. Now, as a post-rocking five-piece, Fufanu unite a dark, droning sound with evocative lyrics on their debut EP, Adjust to the Light, which really asks you to do the opposite. Songs buzz and shred, rather than bleep and bloop, and sound a million times more dangerous and alluring, and today’s featured song, “We Will Last”, is like a testament to all those press folks who were wandering around looking for free drinks. Now, they’ll be looking much more intently at this up-and-coming band.
Fufanu will close out KEXP’s first day of broadcast from Kex Hostel during Iceland Airwaves. At 1:30PM Pacific Time on Wednesday, November 4th, you can listen to them live at 90.3 FM in Seattle and worldwide at kexp.org, where you can also watch live streaming video of all performances during KEXP’s broadcast. Find out more information here.
You can also find out more about Fufanu through their website and Facebook page, and pick up their debut LP, Few More Days To Go, when it comes out via One Little Indian on November 27th. For now, check out the band’s “late night mix” of today’s featured song: