Each week the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a Canadian supergroup, a heartfelt love song, and a fierce, politically-charged rocker.
Broken Social Scene – Stay Happy
The Canadian supergroup, Broken Social Scene, return with their first album in seven years, “Hug of Thunder.” The album features strong vocalists such as Leslie Feist and Emily Haines, as well as newcomer Ariel Engle, who delivers lush vocals on this track, “Stay Happy.” After a playful intro, the song develops into a grandiose explosion of horns and a flurry of packed power that Engle effortlessly directs. Broken Social Scene perform at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Oct. 24.
Slow Dancer – I Would
Slow Dancer, fronted by Simon Okley, released their second album, “In A Mood,” last month. On “I Would,” the Australian folk singer-songwriter, channels a warm, introspective sound. The song includes earthy acoustic guitar and modest, breathy vocals that are reminiscent of Nick Drake. Slow Dancer will be playing at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on Oct. 4.
The Mynabirds – Witch Wolf
Laura Burhenn’s project, The Mynabirds, recently unveiled the brash “Witch Wolf,” which will be on the band’s forthcoming release “Be Here Now.” On this track, Burhenn surprises longtime listeners with a hard-charging rocker that speaks to her indignation with the current political climate. “Be Here Now” is The Mynabirds’ fourth album and is out on Aug. 25.