Former Wild Flag member and Helium frontwoman Mary Timony’s project with drummer Laura Harris and bassist Betsy Wright, Ex Hex, are releasing their first record since their 2014 debut Rips. Titled It’s Real, the album is due for release on March 22 via Merge.
Produced by Rips producer Jonah Takagi, the album is described as “a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips.” Moving away from the 70s and 80s punk inspiration of the previous album, It’s Real incorporates more art rock than punk rock, adding layered harmonies and bright distortion.
This can be heard in the shimmering lead single and today’s Song of the Day, “Cosmic Cave,” which features crisp vocals from Timony and ripping guitar. The members have kept themselves busy since Rips, with Wright releasing a new Bat Fangs album last year and Harris playing with the band Death Valley Girls while Timony toured behind re-released recordings from Helium.
Watch Ex Hex’s 2014 KEXP in-studio performance below.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Father Mountain” by Calexico and Iron & Wine, from the 2019 album Years To Burn on Sub Pop.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Satellites” by New Age Healers, from the 2019 self-released album Debris.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "The Dark Side of the Sun” by Sol Oosel, from the 2018 self-released album Janus.