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KEXP’s Song of the Day podcast features stand-out tracks from independent and emerging talent alongside the best new music from more established artists. Curated by KEXP DJs with listeners’ adventurous taste in mind, Song of the Day is delivered daily, Monday through Friday. Finding new music can be hard. Let KEXP help!

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KEXP’s Song of the Day podcast features stand-out tracks from independent and emerging talent alongside the best new music from more established artists. Curated by KEXP DJs with listeners’ adventurous taste in mind, Song of the Day is delivered daily, Monday through Friday. Finding new music can be hard. Let KEXP help!

    Mourn - Call You Back

    Mourn - Call You Back

    Mourn - "Call You Back," a 2020 single on Captured Tracks.

    Barcelona-based trio Mourn returned this Spring with their first new music since last year's full-length Sorpresa Familia. Today's Song of the Day was appropriately, but unintentionally, released in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Parts of the song talk about the anxiety of phone calls and the emotions around them,” Carla Pérez Vas explained to Billboard.  “It’s pretty ironic that now we are looking at the phone all day, and everyone is anxious. If I’m not connected, I feel like I should be talking to my friends or family.”

    Originally, they had grander ideas for the accompanying video. “We had thought about locations like the woods and a pool, or riding bikes, all the time wearing a poker face,” Pérez remembered. “The song is about when around you everything is beautiful, but you have this constant battle going on inside of you.”

    Instead, they filmed the clip in quarantine using their phones, with Pérez in her boyfriend's apartment, and her bandmates (sisters Jazz Rodríguez and Leia Rodríguez) recording from their home. 

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    • 2 min
    Petite Noir & Kingdom - Alive

    Petite Noir & Kingdom - Alive

    Petite Noir & Kingdom - "Alive" from the 2020 single CoeurWorld on Roya Records.

    South African artist Petite Noir [real name: Yannick Ilunga] has teamed up with Los Angeles-based producer Kingdom for the new double A-side single CoeurWorld. 

    In a press release, Ilunga declared, “I have been a huge fan of Kingdom since the early Fade to Mind days and I was very excited for this collaboration as it sparked new ideas for the future. CoeurWorld is an EP dedicated to sending love out to the world during these trying times.”

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    • 2 min
    Gabriel Teodros - If They Come For Me In The Morning... (feat. Aisha Fukushima)

    Gabriel Teodros - If They Come For Me In The Morning... (feat. Aisha Fukushima)

    Gabriel Teodros - "If They Come for Me in the Morning... (feat. Aisha Fukushima)" from the 2020 self-released album What We Leave Behind.

    Seattle artist (and KEXP DJ) Gabriel Teodros celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first solo show at Rainier Valley Cultural Center with this new collection of previously unreleased tracks, "with a few new songs recorded specifically for this project," he adds, continuing, "Wanted to give y'all something special for all the love you've given me these past few decades. There's a completely new album coming this year as well... but for now you can enjoy these lost tapes."

    Today's KEXP Song of the Day was originally written and recorded in 2015, inspired by Sandra Bland, letters between Angela Davis and James Baldwin, and the 400+ year legacy of Black freedom fighters. Public speaker, educator, singer, and 'RAPtivist' (rap activist) Aisha Fukushima appears on guest vocals. 

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    • 2 min
    The Beths - I’m Not Getting Excited

    The Beths - I’m Not Getting Excited

    The Beths - "I'm Not Getting Excited" from the 2020 album Jump Rope Gazers on Carpark Records.

    New Zealand pop band The Beths return this month with their sophomore album Jump Rope Gazers, out July 10th via Carpark Records. But frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes is keeping her cool about it. In a press release, she states:

    “People always ask ‘are you excited!?’ and it’s a fair question, because exciting things do happen to us sometimes. Support slots, overseas tours, music releases. Stuff we’ve dreamed about for years. So the correct answer is always ‘yes.’ But the truth is that deep down there’s a tiny Liz saying, ‘don’t get excited.’ She is certain that anything good that could happen will most likely not happen, because of a freak accident. Or because somebody finally realises that we aren’t worthy, shouts ‘phony!’ and takes everything away. I wrote ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ last year, well before everything really did get taken away. From everyone. It feels like the song has a new context, but we don’t know what it is yet. And now we all share a blurry, uncertain future.”

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    • 2 min
    Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death

    Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death

    Fontaines D.C. - "A Hero's Death" from the 2020 album A Hero's Death on Partisan Records.

    Don't ask Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten about the meaning behind today's KEXP Song of the Day. "I'm not sure myself," he confesses to theBBC. "I purposefully keep the things I write open to interpretation, even to myself."

    But the track also serves as the title of the Irish post-punk band's forthcoming full-length, out July 31st via Partisan Records. "I found the idea quite funny — because I'm half-expecting people to dislike [the album]," he continued. "So, the idea of calling it A Hero's Death is kind of laughing about that and setting people up for disappointment."

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    • 3 min
    Gordi - Sandwiches

    Gordi - Sandwiches

    Gordi - "Sandwiches" from the 2020 album Our Two Skins on Jagjaguwar.

    On her latest LP Our Two Skins, Australian folktronica artist Gordi (real name: Sophie Payten) mourns the passing of her beloved grandmother, Alisa, whose spirit fills the gorgeous new album. It was even recorded in her hometown. "Her whole life was in Canowindra, and that's why I wanted to make the record there," Payten explains via a press release. "We made it in a house that's a hundred meters from her house."

    The title of today's Song of the Day was derived from a moment during Alisa's last day in the world. Payten explained toABC that she and her mother were making sandwiches to disperse among those visiting around her grandmother's hospital bed. “It was one of those moments where everyone was finally taking their first breath of the day that she chose to quietly slip away.”

    “I’d been wanting to write a song about her and all of it, but I didn’t want it to be this terribly dreary, melancholic song, because it was a celebration of a life. So, I tried to focus on the tiny details.”

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    • 3 min

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