Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Fruit Bats - “The Bottom of It”
It’s hard not to feel cheerful and at ease when listening to Fruit Bats. The band’s jovial sound has a tendency to pluck your heart strings like a harp. It’s been three long years since “Absolute Loser,” a critically acclaimed full-length album full of dulcet tones and uplifting lyrics. “The Bottom of It” is our first preview from the bands’ next installment, “Gold Past Life,” a full-length album out on June 21. The song is everything one could expect from the group’s optimistic songwriter, Eric D. Johnson. Beginning with piano and hummed vocal flourishes, the rest of the band soon joins in as Johnson sings about getting to juicy center of life. The real high point is a George Harrison-esque slide guitar solo that follows the song’s first chorus. See Fruit Bats perform live at Pickathon this August at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Babehoven - “Lena”
Babehoven is the brainchild of Lewis and Clark graduate Maya Bon. The group gained positive attention in 2018 with the release of “Sleep,” a five-track EP that demonstrated a great deal of potential in Bon and bandmates Skyler Pia (drums) and Elias Williamson (bass). Babehoven recently released “Solemnis,” a four-track EP out on Portland label Good Cheer. The album’s final song, “Lena,” is a sign that their potential is quickly being realized. The track succeeds on two fronts, balancing intimately goofy lyrics with fun instrumentation that seems constantly on the verge of going off the rails.
Jenny Lewis - “Do Si Do”
“Turn up the stereo till everything rattles,” Jenny Lewis advises us on “Do Si Do,” a deeply resounding track from her recently released LP, “On The Line” (released in late March). Former front-woman of the highly popular but now-defunct group Rilo Kiley, Lewis has become somewhat of an indie-rock icon, and “Do Si Do” reaffirms her status as one of the genre’s finest songwriters. The song booms with glittery production, bringing the drums and vocals to the front of the mix, as starry-eyed keyboards dance around the track’s steady driving bass. Catch Jenny Lewis live at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom on May 22.