It’s no secret the Posies are my favorite band. But the work of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow in between Posies get-togethers is equally strong. Jon’s Songs From the Year of Our Demise is fantastic, and Ken’s Touched is one of my all-time favorite albums.
After the Posies first attempt at calling it quits — a decision that fortunately didn’t stick — Ken formed a new, short-lived band called Saltine. In 1999, the band released the Find Yourself Alone EP that included Reveal Love, a song that I’ve been known to play on repeat for up to an hour.
The song — about the games people play searching for love and the damage we inflict in the process — is a little-known classic. Ken’s voice alternates between longing, resignation, and anger, and the lyrics are heartbreaking.
Ken re-recorded a more intimate version of the song for Touched, but I prefer the emotional peaks and power of this version. Give it a listen.