Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we showcase new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast. This time around, we highlight a new EP from an eclectic supergroup, a slow burning single, and the major label debut by an English rock band.
Gorillaz - “Momentary Bliss”
The Skinny: The group says about the song, “Think of it like a demonic slow-cooker. Chuck in the musical ingredients, out comes the sweetest sonic casserole you’ve ever dined on.” “Momentary Bliss” is a creative exploration of punk, rap and electro-pop featuring up-and-coming acts Slaves and slowthai, who provides the verses which cut through sounds influenced by classic late ‘70s London punk and ska bands in the vain of “The Clash.”
Release Date: The EP “Song Machine, Ep. 1” was released on Jan. 30.
PNW Tour Dates: Sadly, the trio rarely tour and last swung through the US in 2018.
Sharon Van Etten - “Beaten Down”
The Skinny: On “Beaten Down” Sharon Van Etten takes the listener on a deliberately slow and haunting journey of resilience. Van Etten said in a statement, “It’s about making life-changing choices and remaining strong enough to see them through.” This is her first original material since last year’s acclaimed fifth album ‘Remind Me Tomorrow.”
Release Date: The single was release on Feb. 5 via Jagjaguwar.
PNW Tour Dates: The singer currently has upcoming dates planned for the East Coast but nothing in the Northwest at the moment.
Porridge Radio - “Lilac”
The Skinny: “Lilac” marks the English rock band’s debut release with new label, Secretly Canadian. This song introduces itself with a subtle grace then slowly crescendos into an explosive mantra provided by singer Dana Margolin who repeats the lyric, “I don’t want to get bitter/ I want us to get better/ I want us to be kinder to ourselves and to each other,” imprinting a message that stays with you well after the song abruptly concludes.
Release Date: The album “Every Bad” comes out on March 13 via Secretly Canadian.
PNW Tour Dates: Porridge Radio is currently on tour in the UK and only has a handful of US dates on their current schedule (including SXSW in Austin, TX).