Song of the Day: GusGus - Obnoxiously Sexual

Iceland Airwaves, Song of the Day
11/05/2015
Jim Beckmann

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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. This week, we are featuring songs by artists performing KEXP's broadcast at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Today’s featured song is “Obnoxiously Sexual” by GusGus, from the 2015 album Mexico on Kompakt.

GusGus - Obnoxiously Sexual (MP3)

One of Iceland's most beloved and long-running bands, GusGus has involved at least 15 different people over their 20 year span. The group started as a film and acting collective but was soon acclaimed internationally for their electronic dance music. Producer Birgir (Biggi Veira) Þórarinsson is the sole thread that has run through all incarnations, but other threads seem to wind in and out of the group - current vocalist Daniel Ágúst Haraldsson was one of GusGus' founding members, long running producer Stephan (President Bongo) Stephensen helped create their latest album, Mexico, but no longer performs with the group. Long-standing vocalist Urður (Earth) Hákonardóttir also appears on a few tracks, but the most notable addition is Högni Egilsson of Hjaltalín, who adds a romantic breath to the GusGus' techno-infused synth pop sound. On the new LP's opening track, "Obnoxiously Sexual", Egilsson's eliding delivery cuts through the hazy hangover of an illicit, potentially pansexual affair ("When you woke up, I guess you didn't know I would steal you from your girlfriend") as echoes the previous night's dance craze continue to pound away any vestiges of regret.

You won't regret listening to GusGus as they close today's broadcast from Kex Hostel during Iceland Airwaves. Tune in at 1:30 PM Pacific Time on Thursday, November 5th, at 90.3 FM in Seattle and worldwide at kexp.org, where you can also watch live streaming video of all performances during KEXP's broadcast. Find out more information here.

Find out more about GusGus on their website and Facebook page, and check out the official video for "Obnoxiously Sexual":

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