The Monday Mix showcases three new songs we’re featuring this week on opbmusic’s broadcast channel. Early 2017 releases have been arriving daily, and this week we highlight the return of one of Indie Rock’s stalwart bands, a gorgeous folk listen from across the water, and a strong new work from a highly prolific Midwestern songwriter.
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
The title song from Spoon‘s new album sounds like Spoon: chugging beats, crackling guitar work and Britt Daniel’s unmistakeable voice and strut. And yet it doesn’t. The flush of strings and danceable chorus suggest more evolution for one of rock’s most acclaimed Indie bands, now working with producer David Fridmann (best known for his work with The Flaming Lips). Spoon will release their ninth album, Hot Thoughts, on March 17.
Laura Marling - Wild Fire
The preturnaturally talented Laura Marling sprang from a London “nu-folk” scene in 2008 (at age 18), with her first record Alas, I Cannot Swim. Each of her first three records were nominated for the UK’s Mercury Prize. With opaque and carefully-turned verses, a voice like a young Joni Mitchell, and guitar agility born of her years playing traditional English folk music, Marling is likely the most compelling artist in folk music today. Her new recording, Semper Femina, will be released March 10.
Conor Oberst - A Little Uncanny
Not one to let much time pass between releases, the Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will release his second solo album in a year’s time with Salutations on March 17th. It’s reportedly a companion to last summer’s somber Ruminations. A blast of harmonica begins topical song “A Little Uncanny,” which references Jane Fonda, Ronald Reagan, and Sylvia Plath. Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M. Ward and Gillian Welch all lend their voices to the new record.