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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Mama” by Headwaves, from their 2016 self-released, self-titled album.
“Mama” may seem like a light and bright song but the lyrics tell the story of a lover watching depression consume their partner. They’re trying to convince their partner that things will get better, all they have to do is try again just one more time. “You can’t hide in the hall if you wanna see the future” they tell them. This should be vehemently depressing but instead the buoyant drums, waning synth, and vibrant atmospherics leave you feeling optimistic. You know that this story must have a happy ending. The official video for “Mama” has a similar feeling. As we follow a girl who’s walking around the street alone, as though something is weighing quite heavily on her, occasionally cutting to snippets of old childhood videos where the child version of this girl seems immensely and constantly happy, we’re left wondering why the happiness of our youth can be so hard to sustain in our adulthood.
Headwaves are taking a much-earned hibernation period and currently have no scheduled shows, but thankfully these guys seem primed to take over 2017. In the meantime, check out the video for “Mama” below and keep up with them on Facebook. Don’t forget to support the artists by purchasing their debut album on Bandcamp.