Motopony: “King of Diamonds”
Daniel Blue picked up the guitar at age 27 and decided to start a band–and sure enough, he’s seen that dream through. He’s now the guitarist and chief songwriter for Seattle’s Motopony, but he shares the space with multi-instrumentalist Buddy Ross. The two crossed paths working on other people’s music, but it was a chance meeting in 2009 that formed the basis for the band. And the two work completely in harmony: Blue often brings the basic structure of the song to Ross, who adds deft sonic touches that make the songs stand out.
Motopony’s self-titled debut, released earlier this year, displays this duality. Front-and-center is Blue’s twang, which might seem out of sorts on first listen, but his voice works perfectly with Ross’s complex arrangements. Songs like “King of Diamonds” are built around strong jazz-like rhythms that form a solid bedrock around the golden melodies. The quartet recently stopped by Studio 1A, and it’s safe to say their music takes on yet another dimension in the live setting. Today’s song of the day comes from that session: here’s “King of Diamonds,” by Motopony.