Each Friday our staff shares an eclectic mix of new music that’s recently debuted on the broadcast at opbmusic. This weekend we highlight a sleepy town in North Carolina, the fruits of an extreme friendship, and a quintet from Portland.
Mount Moriah – Calvander
North Carolina trio Mount Moriah takes us on a tour of Calvander, a rural suburb of Carborro, NC, with their recent ode to the region. A lazy internet search reveals that Calvander’s most popular destination seems to be its Food Mart, yet this seemingly sleepy community’s name has now been honored by both cheese and song. And what a song it is. Singer Heather McEntire, whose vocals have been compared to a young Dolly Parton, vividly illustrates the landscape from the “Calvander sign” all the way to the “Carteret County line.” Meanwhile, the rest of the group chimes in with meandering rock riffs and prowling horns.
Lithuania – Hardcore Friends
What better reason to start a band than extreme friendship? That’s the premise behind Lithuania, the punky power-pop pair of Eric Slick from Dr. Dog and DRGN KING’s Dominic Angelella. Their latest album, Hardcore Friends, acts as a narrative of their decade-long relationship. On the title track, the guys also enlist friends Rachel Browne of Field Mouse and Frances Quinlan of opbmusic favorite Hop Along. In the song’s video, Slick and Angelella share a love of ramen, sidewalk games, sandwiches… and potted plants. We may be missing out on an inside joke or two somewhere in this buddy film.
Rare Monk – Warning Pulse
Portland five-piece Rare Monk is known for their experimental — in their words — “indie rock stuff.” But “Warning Pulse,” the first track from their upcoming EP, is a surprisingly accessible song with heavy pop undertones. As the song chugs along, it reaches energetic peaks capped by straying and sometimes erratic guitar. And ultimately, the quintet succeeds in delivering a warm and abundant sound without sacrificing clarity or conviction.