Each week we feature three new songs recently added to the broadcast on opbmusic, this time leading with powerful new music from Andrew Bird.
Andrew Bird - ‘Bloodless’
Andrew Bird’s first new single in more than a year, “Bloodless,” is equal parts beauty and dread. Masterful production pairs with dystopian lyrics to capture the tension of modern life more clearly than anything before it. It’s a warning, taking aim at the political climate and burgeoning civil unrest. Alongside the music video, Bird writes “we can turn this ship around, but need to step back and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still relatively bloodless.” You can preorder a 7-inch vinyl here before its official release on Dec. 14.
Anna Tivel - ‘Fenceline’
Portland folk singer Anna Tivel is an artist who sees people, no matter how hard it is to look. As a songwriter, she strikes a difficult balance between the tender vulnerability of her voice and an unflinching ability to portray the narrative of the unseen through marked imagery. For “Fenceline,” she takes listeners on a journey across the physical and spiritual borders we create, contemplating even “angels look away.” This tune sees Tivel evolve and expand her sound with engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens) and producer Shane Leonard, who married her stark lyrics to an orchestral arrangement shimmering with tension. Her fourth album, “The Question,” is set to release via Fluff and Gravy Records on April 19, 2019.
Deerhunter - ‘Death in Midsummer’
Last week, Deerhunter offered up new music from their eighth LP, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?,” set to release on Jan. 18, 2019. The track, entitled “Death in Midsummer” mixes pensive lyrics against harpsichord and piano, in a manner that gives the listener the feeling of being stuck in a bleak funhouse. In a press release, the band notes that the album will question the “disappearance of culture, of humanity” with the goal of making a “science fiction album about the present.” In order to do so, they began looking to experiment with the very act of music making, with everything from the microphone to the synth keyboards on the table for reinvention. If this track is any indication, it will make for a fascinating listen.