Each week, the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a poetic and sophisticated track, a solemn folk song and a heartfelt piano ballad.
The Clientele – Lunar Days
London-based band The Clientele are releasing their first album in eight years, “Music for the Age of Miracles,” on Sept. 22 via Merge. The album’s first single, “Lunar Days,” stays true to The Clientele’s signature sound, which is characterized by lush arrangements and romantic imagery within the lyrics. The Clientele will be at Mississippi Studios in Portland on Nov. 10.
St. Vincent – New York
St. Vincent (AKA, Annie Clark) is back with a single titled “New York.” The song is a departure for Clark, who has come to be known for her elaborate and bold guitar and synth-oriented songs. On this sincere ballad, she trades in her guitar for sustained, simple piano notes to good effect. The track is short, sweet and subtle.
Aldous Harding – Blend
The song “Blend” is one of our favorites from Aldous Harding’s new album, “Party.” The New Zealand-based folk musician’s distinct voice is shrouded by a hushed delivery and delicately woven through acoustic guitar and echoed drums resulting in a gentle, dark sound. Aldous Harding is performing this year at Pickathon in Happy Valley, Oregon (Aug. 3–6) and will also play in Portland at Revolution Hall on Aug. 4.