Naked Giants - Take A Chance

Song of the Day
Hosted by John Richards

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP, is "Take A Chance" by Naked Giants, from the 2020 album The Shadow on New West Records.

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photo by Grayson Whitemire
written by Janice Headley

Seattle trio Naked Giants return this month with their sophomore album The Shadow, an album they say is "much more honest" than their 2018 debut full-length SLUFF

“We’ve come to realize that the path to becoming a better person and bringing positivity into the world isn’t always linear, and there’s a lot of growth in taking an honest look at the “shadow-y” parts of life,” they told Spin Magazine. “Whether it’s personal anxiety and depression or collective guilt and trauma, there’s always a part of yourself that’s hard to confront and understand. But The Shadow is all about facing that darkness and having the strength to bring it into the light.” 

As for today's Song of the Day, the guys call it, “...a new step in the dance-the-stress-away attitude we’ve had since the band was formed. This time around it’s a bit more focused – we’re exploring these big unanswered questions in our lives, like the mechanisms of privilege and oppression or the capitalist oxymoron of individualism and assimilation, and we’re pairing it all with a danceable backbeat to tell people it’s ok to get up off the couch and do something about it.” 

“We had ambitions for a deeper, more produced music video,” they continue, “but since the pandemic spread and we are no longer able to physically work together, we decided to do a simpler, more light-hearted video. We made this with the express purpose of spreading joy and hoping that others find time to dance and have a moment of fun in these stressful times.”

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