Watch Pleasures ignite KEXP with their slow-burning pop

Smooth jazz, yacht rock and Roxy Music meet at the crossroads of irony and sincerity.

Over the weekend, public radio station KEXP dropped the full 30-minute performance and interview with up-and-comers Pleasures. The set sums up the Seattle band’s music: easy to listen to, but impossible to categorize.

Pleasures are fond of mixing ’80s sounds with noughties irony. Smooth saxophones and featherweight guitar jangles bring to mind Christopher Cross’ yacht rock and Avalon-era Roxy Music. But vocalist Aron Pollard’s eccentric falsetto and odd phrasing take Pleasures out of that decade: They’re off-key, out of sync—and so on point for 2018.

The band released their sophomore album, Softly Wait, in May.


Watch the KEXP set here:

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