Song of the Day: Golden Gardens - Extrasolar Heartbeat

Local Music, Song of the Day
11/18/2016
Anna Rogers
photo by Jonath Ochs

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Extrasolar Heartbeat” by Seattle’s Golden Gardens from their 2016 self-released LP, Reign.

Golden Gardens - Extrasolar Heartbeat (MP3)Local electro-pop duo Golden Gardens released their second LP last month, the first full-length album from the duo since 2012’s How Brave the Hunted Wolves. This doesn’t mean they’ve been lazy: members Gregg Neville and Aubrey Bramble have filled the meantime with a handful of successful EPs, as well as shows in Seattle, LA, and Chicago. Today’s Song of the Day, the first single from Reign, keeps with the otherworldly aesthetic that Golden Gardens fans have come to expect. The simple, vague lyrics evoke a sense of loss while remaining open for interpretation, and Bramble’s smooth vocals are bolstered by just the right amount of hypnotic synth.  In the band’s own words, the new album is all about “Empowerment. Individuality. Beauty. Shining your unique light as brightly as you can in this fucked up world of ours.”

Golden Gardens will be playing at Highline in Seattle on December 17th.  Keep track of them on their website and Facebook page. For now, check their 2015 in-studio performance at KEXP:

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