Song of the Day: Polyrhythmics - Libra Stripes

Local Music, Song of the Day
01/03/2014
Jake Uitti
photo by Mike Emigh

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, selected by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Libra Stripes” by Polyrhythmics from the 2013 album Libra Stripes on Kept Records.

Polyrhythmics – Libra Stripes (MP3)

Funky Seattle band Polyrhythmics has one thing in mind when they play live: dancing. With their distinct bass-heavy, soulful sound, which makes use of trombones, keys, guitars, saxophones, drums and trumpets, the Polyrhythmics get down and the audience responds. Seattle is often stereotypically known for shoegazers that don’t shake their bootys – but this is not the case for Polyrhythmics audiences, who are often seen drenched in sweat after the show.

As with many of the Polyrhythmics tunes, “Libra Stripes”, off the 2013 album of the same name, seems to be centered around the bass and drums. Lead guitar player and bandleader Ben Bloom is not the typical frontman. He often takes a step back to allow the other supremely talented members of the group shine – with horn solos, drum fills and, yes, deep, heavy bass lines that induce movement. This is clear on “Libra Stripes”, a nearly four-minute afro-funk tune packed with hip-swaying goodness.

Polyrhythmics are slated to play Friday, January 31, at Nectar, as well as February 1 at the Goodfoot in Portland and March 1 at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum, Idaho. Check out their website and Facebook page for more dates and watch them play right now during this live session recorded at KEXP this past June:

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