KUTX Song of the Day – The Uncluded: “Delicate Cycle”

In 2007, west coast rapper and producer Aesop Rock sent a fan letter to singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, a Grammy winner and a platinum selling singer/songwriter, who is mostly known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and from her former band – The Moldy Peaches.

Dawson met Aesop Rock a few years later during the creation of the arts-and-oddities blog 900Bats, which in turn sparked the pair’s collaborative musical efforts.

Dawson and Aesop then decided to work with one another on their respective solo projects – Dawson’s Thunder Thighs and Aesop’sSkelethon. Now, the two are collaborating under the moniker The Uncluded.

The Uncluded’s debut album Hokey Fright (May 7th release) was recorded by correspondence over a year using voice memo recorders and various recording studios. Though the two artists have two divergent sounds – Hip-Hop and Folk – Dawson and Rock’s oddball humor plays an integral part in Hokey Fright. Aesop and Kimya wrote, performed, and recorded the whole album, with the exception of the drums on “Delicate Cycle”, which were played by James McNew of Yo La Tengo.

This unlikely pair  are able to make things work on Hokey Fright, because Rock’s “Suess” like rhymes which work perfectly with Dawson’s child like singing and her whimsical guitar play.


KUTX Song of the Day – Laura Stevenson: “Runner”

Laura Stevenson is a 28-year-old singer-songwriter born and raised on Long Island into a family of musicians. Her grandparents were Harry Simeone, the composer and choral arranger responsible for works such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Margaret McCrae, a singer from the South who recorded and toured with Benny “King of Swing” Goodman. But Stevenson has a voice and sound all her own–think former Song of the Day artist Thao & the Get Down Stay Down or a less intense, sweeter-voiced Sharon Van Etten, and her newest album really allows her to show it off.

Wheel is Stevenson’s third album with her band, The Cans. After two solid records they’ve really honed their scrappy, largehearted indie pop sound by steering away from the lo-fi approach. Credit is certainly due to Kevin McMahon, a producer who’s worked with Frightened Rabbit and Real Estate in the past.

“Runner” is an exciting three-and-half minute slice of indie-pop heaven with a kitchen-sink mentality. The chiming guitars, swooping strings, and Stevenson’s elevated voice all work together to create a shimmering pop song.

You can catch Laura Stevenson at the Mohawk on Wednesday May 1, 2013. 

Source (KUTX.org)