Half Waif

Half Waif

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Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we showcase new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast. This time around, we highlight a cover of a cult hero of indie rock, a beautiful and moody synth ballad and a rock song from a Portland-based supergroup.

Built to Spill - “Bloody Rainbow”

The Skinny: “Built to Spill” performed as the backing band for Daniel Johnston in Portland and Vancouver on his final tour in 2017 before his untimely passing in the fall of 2019. As a tribute, the members of Built to Spill are releasing a cover album of Johnston’s songs featuring this wonderful rendition of “Bloody Rainbow.” “Basically we wanted to get documentation of what our rehearsals were like. It was a lot heavier than we thought it would be,” the band admitted. And that painful appreciation comes across in their version.

Release Date: “Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston” comes out on May 1.

PNW Tour Dates: The band performs at Aladdin Theater in Portland on March 22.

Half Waif - “Ordinary Talk”

The Skinny: Singer Nandi Rose Plunkett uses the song “Ordinary Talk” to deliver a personal message about being comfortable within her own skin, even at her worst. Plunkett said, “The song is a reassurance that feeling bad or ill isn’t something that needs to be corrected.” She illustrates that with lyrics like, “Baby, when I’m feeling low … You don’t need to repair me … I know myself well … When I’m in this hell … It’s part of the process … It doesn’t scare me.” The song utilizes a consistently beautiful synth tone which only serves to amplify the powerful effect of her vocals.

Release Date: The album “The Caretaker” is out March 27 via ANTI Records.

PNW Tour Dates: Half Waif plays in Portland on May 16 at Mississippi Studios.

Eyelids - “The Accidental Falls”

The Skinny: Portland-based band Eyelids features an all-star cast of musicians who currently or formerly played with The Decemberists, Guided by Voices, Elliott Smith, Quasi, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. For this recording they collaborated with the legendary Peter Buck, lead guitarist and co-founder of REM, to create a classic sound. Here, they utilize heavy electric guitar to achieve that tone which makes this song a welcome addition to the indie-pop landscape.

Release Date: “The Accidental Falls” was released on Feb. 14.

PNW Tour Dates: Eyelids play a record release show in Portland at Mississippi Studios on Feb. 29.