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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Only Songs” by The Wild Reeds, from their 2017 album, The World We Built, on Dualtone Records.
Given their musical dexterity, Howe and her co-frontwomen, Sharon Silva and Kinsey Lee, backed by a rhythm section of Nick Jones (drums) and Nick Phakpiseth (bass), constantly swap instruments at their live shows and sessions, adding even more to their harmonies and raw power, making them a superhuman collection of artists. Yesterday, the band kicked off their national tour with a collection of SXSW dates, followed by a pace over the East Coast, leading into the Midwest, before lining down the West Coast and finishing off in their hometown of Los Angeles. They’re gracing Seattle with a performance at the Tractor Tavern alongside Blank Range and Izaak Opatz on May 15th. Look for more information on those dates and for more music on their website and Facebook page. In the meantime, check out their live performance of “Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)”, from the band’s 2016 EP, Best Wishes: