Song Of The Day

An 'Average Dance' That's Perplexingly Fun

Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "Earned Average Dance America"
  • Artist: The Seedy Seeds
  • CD: Change States
  • Genre: Pop
The Seedy Seeds' members mix electrically bopping pop and a good square dance.

hide captionThe Seedy Seeds' members mix electrically bopping pop and a good square dance.

The Seedy Seeds' members don't know you, but they already like you — or so the band's Web site says. It's hard not to like them back, this happily off-kilter duo of Mike Ingram and Margaret Weiner. They came together because of a single conversation and a pile of instruments they didn't yet know how to play; once they learned, they started creating an unusual brand of unabashedly happy music — songs like "Earned Average Dance America." The song mixes electrically bopping pop and a good square dance, complete with guided steps: "Spin spin / Spin spin spin spin / Move to the front / Slide to the left / Hey hey, repeat."

For all the whirling bits and pieces — cyclic banjo and accordion lines, ping-ponging toy synthesizer, overlapping vocals, a repeating bass line that moves in its own lumbering rotation — the band generates a surprisingly cohesive sound. The vaguely nonsensical lyric turns over and on itself, seemingly selected for the sounds of the words, yet with a subtle undercurrent of logic in the action-reaction reminder of "Think... Act... Think... Act" under the choruses. It's dizzying, perplexing and wonderfully fun.

Listen to yesterday's 'Song of the Day.'

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Song Of The Day