Category Archives: KEXP Premiere

Hibou Announces New Album Something Familiar, Shares “Fall Into” Music Video

Hibou, the moniker of Seattle songwriter Peter Michel, returns with a new LP entitled Something Familiar out March 2 via Barsuk Records. The album follows up on the project’s 2015 self-titled debut, which Michel recorded in a walk-in closet. This time around he’s recorded with a full-band at Chris Walla’s Hall of Justice recording studio,Read more…

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KEXP Premiere: Raven Hollywood – IRL

Seattle songwriter Raven Matthews goes by many names, from his birth name to RVN and now Raven Hollywood. With each new moniker, you can feel his progression as an artist. On his latest EP, IRL, the Raven Hollywood name aptly embodies the grand and murky folk noir visions. Following up last year’s emotionally transparent GREYNEON,Read more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: AJ Suede – Negative Energy

On his latest album, Gotham Fortress, AJ Suede is filled with negative energy. It looms in the boom of his voice, in the foreboding rumbles of Wolftone‘s spacious beats (as well as cuts from SpaceGhostPurp and Brakebill). He cements the atmosphere of the record early on with the stand out track, well, “Negative Energy.” The track’sRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Public Domain Music Gets Revitalized with New Compilation Transference

Songs that make their way into the public domain are curious objects. For the few that make their way into pop culture, like “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” or “Jingle Bells,” there are thousands of others that just collect dust and remain out of the public conscious. They’re songs from bygone eras. InRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: High Pulp debuts Super Funky Basement Sessions Series

Funk music isn’t just heard, it’s experienced. You can have a great time playing a funk article at home on your stereo, but it takes on a whole new life when it’s right in front of your face. Seattle future funk-fusion act High Pulp gets this. With a staggering 10 members in the group, theyRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Sera Cahoone covers Wham!’s Last Christmas

It takes a lot for a song to enter the Christmas canon. Most of the songs we sing every year have survived generations, outlasting our memory and seemingly always existing. It’s not that new holiday songs aren’t still being written — good ones still emerge constantly, but very few can reach the ubiquity of say “JingleRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Mo Troper – Exposure & Response

A catchy melody doesn’t just get stuck in your head – it lives there. You sit with it, sometimes for days or even years, ruminating on it whether you want to or not. Writing just one of these songs can be an accomplishment. Portland songwriter Mo Troper does this 15 times over on his latest album, ExposureRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Cock & Swan – Dream Alone

There’s something about the booming sound of an analog synthesizer that excites the imagination. Decades of filmmakers and composers have utilized the mesmerizing power of these instruments, from John Carpenter to Vangelis all the way through Hanz Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. So it made sense that Seattle duo Cock & Swan were asked in 2015Read more…

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KEXP Premiere: Rainwater – Coffee

Moving homes can be hard. Even if you’re staying in the same city, there’s a sense of emotional attachment that can be hard to let go of — after all, you’re making a major adjustment to the functionality of your everyday life. If you’re making a cross-country move, well, you can imagine the internal dramaRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: David Ramirez – Watching From a Distance

The soulful and prolific Texas songwriter David Ramirez recently returned with his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, which he self-released via his Sweetworld label. For the single “Watching From a Distance,” he and director Erica Silverman made a video that captures the song’s themes of longing and distance. Ramirez tells us: “We filmed inRead more…

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