Song of the Day: I'm Kingfisher - What Good Would Loving Do Me Now?

Song of the Day, The Morning Show w/ John Richards
photo by Anna Brånhede

By Annie Zaleski

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 “What Good Would Loving Do Me Now?” by I'm Kingfisher,  from the 2018 album Transit on Fading Trails Recordings.

I'm Kingfisher - What Good Would Loving Do Me Now? (MP3)

I'm Kingfisher is the moniker under which Swedish songwriter Thomas Jonsson crafts enveloping folk-pop. The ways in which he puts his own stamp on the genre are especially evident on his newest single, "What Good Would Loving Do Me Now?" The song, which appears on I'm Kingfisher's forthcoming fourth album, Transit (due April 13 via Fading Trails Recordings), is a sonic marvel on which Jonsson ruminates on intimate flashbulb memories.

"What Good Would Loving Do Me Now?" starts off wary, with an insistent electronic hum nudging forward hesitant acoustic guitar riffs and his pastoral, soulful voice. But as the tune unfurls, it accumulates evocative textures with plenty of heft: chiming keyboards that resemble a ringing phone, shimmering digital dust showers, and female backing vocals. These elements coalesce and build in intensity, which helps the song crescendo to a wistful, sighing conclusion. "What Good Would Loving Do Me Now?" feels like a fresh take on familiar sounds.

You can follow I’m Kingfisher’s latest adventures here and check out a live video of "What Good Would Loving Do Me Now?" below.

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