Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Apr 29, 2016

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Oklahoma City natives Skating Polly.

Stepsisters Kelli Mayo, 16, and Peyton Bighorse, 20, have been making music as Skating Polly since a 2009 Halloween house party. Skating Polly's fourth studio album, The Big Fit, finds the Oklahoma City (by way of Tacoma, Washington) duo building on its self-described "ugly pop" sound. Loud and aggressive songs abound, mixed in with a grab bag of pop music. The most striking example of the latter is "Pretective Boy," whose title refers to someone being protective of another before having reason to be. It's got a sweet, slow, bouncy build that gets rowdy before seemingly falling apart at the end. —Ryan LaCroix, KOSU's The Spy

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Download new music from Skating Polly, Big Thief, Beth Orton, Sheer Mag, and more at NPR.org.