Song of the Day: Doubles - Plant

Local Music, Song of the Day
12/14/2016
Zach Frimmel
photo by Julia Leiby

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is the single “Plant” by Doubles via Father/Daughter Records.

Doubles - Plant (MP3)Flowing downstream from the PNW currents of late 90s and early 2000s pop rock, the  Hudson Vally via Whidbey Island DIY thrashers in Doubles emulate a garage-tinged, emo rock savviness that accentuates their raw sugar sound. The very green four-piece is presumably in the process of releasing a debut album, but have thankfully released a single to us called "Plant." Surely expediting their development, several members of the band recently collaborated with each other and released music under the moniker O-Face. Considering Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadawaller, Hop Along) recorded and mixed O-Face's Mint, it's no surprise the album is full of the poppy garage rock that Doubles embraces.

Although their new project is still germinating, Doubles excitedly has a new single out called "Plant" that has quickly grown roots and has begun sprouting. Vocals from Seth Sobottka and Preston Ossman range from both a fragile opening to a roaring mid-song build to connote those sonic vulnerabilities and a display of resilience. They quip, "Worlds a plant / let it grow  / if you're unwell / let me know," which are the soft and sappy whispers that start off the song over top of sleek palm mutes and pretty-sliding hooks. A quarter of the way through, a volumizing explosion of drum and guitarmonies propel the rest of the song into melodic guitars, ear-candy licks, and a air-fist-pounding beat.

Judging from their Facebook page, Doubles seems to be laying low on shows right now, but you should definitely give them a like if you're interested in following them and want to know when their debut album drops. For now, here's another song from the O-Face album:

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