Each weekday, KCRW offers up a free download we like to call Today’s Top Tune. Join us as we launch into the week with new work from Peter Bjorn and John. We feature tracks from two artists with Scottish roots: singer/songwriter KT Tunstall returns with new music, and Johnathan Rice delves into heartache. We’ll hear from Kamasi Washington collaborator Brandon Coleman. And, we cap it all off with a track from EELS recorded live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
The new album Darker Days from Peter Bjorn and John found them all writing and producing. “Gut Feeling” began to brew when Bjorn thought “I think we need to talk about it, if we don’t wanna live without it,” in regards to resolving conflicts as a band.
Scottish post-folkie KT Tunstall has seen seismic shifts in her life these past few years: from the loss of her father, to a divorce, and a move to Venice Beach. Part of a trilogy, her new album is an electric feast both visceral and physical. “Little Red Thread” sounds likes Tunstall is rebooted and reinvigorated.
LA-based musician/songwriter Johnathan Rice has toured with R.E.M., Ray LaMontagne, and Phoenix to name a few; but he’s also a solo artist in his own right. His new album takes an honest and unflinching look at a disintegrating relationship. Cue up”Meet The Mother.”
Keyboard maestro, arranger and astral traveler, Brandon Coleman, is a fixture in Kamasi Washington’s band. Representing a new chapter in his life and his album debut on FlyLo’s Brainfeeder imprint, the song “Giant Feelings” (featuring Patrice Quinn and Techidizzle) embraces the ethereal sound of the 70’s.
EELS joined Morning Becomes Eclectic to launch their world tour and to play songs from their new album, The Deconstruction. They left us with an exclusive version of “I Like The Way This Is Going” and the backstory of the song.