Song of the Day: Shenandoah Davis – Orbit

photo by Lou Daprile

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 “Orbit” by Shenandoah Davis from her album Souvenirs, available now via Plume Records.

Shenandoah Davis – Orbit (MP3)

Seattle singer/songwriter Shenandoah Davis approached the recording of her third LP, Souvenirs, in precisely the same way she’s always crafted her lush, twinkling chamber-pop: effortlessly and with a head full of dreams. Modestly recorded in producer Sam Miller’s Brooklyn apartment, Souvenirs documents the break-up of a relationship with charm and humor, Davis ceremoniously picking apart the threads that weave two people together.

“Orbit,” with its verdant instrumentation and honeyed, intimate vocals, flips the break-up song narrative on its head, Davis instead delighting in the end of her romance. “I’m thrilled/out of your orbit,” she sings, “I’m done/I can’t afford it/Nothing to gain from wearing your name.” And in her trademark style, she manages to make this unshackling sound as uplifting as the start of a promising new courtship.

Below, watch a video for “Supernatural Powers,” another track off Souvenirs. Follow Davis on Facebook for future show dates.

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One Comment

  1. Posted November 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Amazing song. I love it.

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