Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges

Courtesy of the artist

Welcome to the Monday Mix, where we showcase new music just added to the opbmusic broadcast. As protests and rallies fighting for racial justice continue around the world, we highlight three songs that are hoping to meet this extraordinary moment in history.

Constantines - ‘Call Me Out’

In this time of self-reflection and recognition of others, the Canadian indie outfit Constantines are stepping up to make a difference. Their first release since 2009’s “Too Slow for Love” is a track written in 2017 that speaks loudly right now.

“It’s an acknowledgment of the need for open listening, active learning, inward study and accountability towards personal and social change. It’s an owning of our privilege and responsibilities” the band said through a press release. Proceeds are being donated to Black Lives Matter Toronto and Unist’ot’en Camp Legal Fund for Land Defenders.

Naked Giants - ‘Take A Chance’

With assistance from producer Chris Funk of the Decemberists, the Seattle band Naked Giants have embraced the concept of activism through activity and given it a groove. “We’re exploring these big unanswered questions in our lives, like the mechanisms of privilege and oppression or the capitalist oxymoron of individualism and assimilation, and we’re pairing it all with a danceable backbeat to tell people it’s ok to get up off the couch and do something about it,” the group said.

That balance of awareness with joyful expression is perfectly displayed in the song’s accompanying music video which cleverly utilizes social distancing guidelines to showcase each bandmember’s individual personality.  

Leon Bridges - ‘Sweeter’

Together with L.A.-based jazz and hip hop artist Terrance Martin, Leon Bridges is coming to us yet again with another exposed and brutally honest performance. Released ahead of schedule because of developing unrest in the U.S. and the national conversation that came out of it, “Sweeter” is a quiet confession of the frustration of a man in this moment.

“I cannot and will not be silent any longer” Bridges said. Martin, who provides the track’s atmospheric saxophone, describes the song as “music for the heart.” Through the power of Bridges’ voice, you hear his pain. Through the power of his lyrics, you get the message.