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opbmusic’s Monday Mix: The Shins, Real Estate, and Kevin Morby


Each week the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a couple of songs perfect for the warmer months and a love letter to cities.

The Shins - Heartworms

Local indie rock favorites, The Shins, have come back after 2012’s Port of Morrow, with their fifth album, Heartworms, released last month. The album was produced and recorded by lead singer, James Mercer, after he separated from the original lineup. The title track starts off with some cheeky la la’s and ba ba’s and Mercer trading off vocals with himself through bouncy piano and gleefully strummed guitar. If you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll catch them at Edgefield this summer.

Real Estate - Same Sun

Last month, Real Estate released their fourth album, In Mind, full of sunny tracks that have a 60’s psych vibe and ring with jangling guitar. “Same Sun” finds Martin Courtney singing over Mac Demarco-esque riffs, reverb soaked backing vocals, and a soft bass line. We dare you to not feel relaxed while listening to this one. Real Estate is coming to the Wonder Ballroom on April 20th.

Kevin Morby - Come To Me Now

Last year saw the release of Kevin Morby’s Singing Saw to critical acclaim and this year, Morby is turning his focus towards urban landscapes on his next album, City Music, out on June 16th. The first single from the album, “Come To Me Now”, is melancholic, atmospheric, and spacey with Morby’s deadpan voice dripping across a vast pump organ from the 1800’s that he found in the back of his studio one day. According to a press statement, playing that old organ was Morby’s favorite part of recording the album.

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