Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we showcase new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast. This time around, we highlight a sparkling new song from a Portland songwriter, a standalone single from The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, and a sad reflection from France’s Christine and the Queens.
Johanna Warren - “Bed of Nails”
The Skinny: The new single from Portland artist Johanna Warren, “Bed of Nails,” is an exercise in the power of a minimalist approach to creating a beautiful song. You can feel every stroke of the guitar as she elegantly hypnotizes you with the haunting power of her voice. Warren has self-produced her upcoming album, arriving just in time for the summer, so anticipate more of her wonderfully personal touch throughout.
Release Date: “Chaotic Good” will be out May 1, 2020.
PNW Tour Dates: Warren plays March 15 at Wild Grocery & Cafe in Manzanita, OR; and March 19 at Pixie Retreat in NW Portland.
Hamilton Leithauser - “Here They Come”
The Skinny: Hamilton Leithauser, formerly of The Walkmen, has released a new single that begins with a verbal picture centered in a movie theater, as the feature has ended and the lights come up. Leithauser has described this as the moment the song’s character has a light go on in his own head and says the song is “about a friend who tends to run from his problems” but is now forced to face them. The song then explodes into an exciting mixture of rhythm and melody simulating for the listener that experience of awakening.
Release Date: “Here They Come” is a standalone single with no album announced yet.
PNW Tour Dates: None
Christine and the Queens - “People, I’ve Been Sad”
The Skinny: “People, I’ve Been Sad,” the new single from Christine and the Queens, is a great synth-pop exploration of the soul. The lyrics are full of regret and sadness expressed in lines like, “I’ve been missing out…been missing out for too long, forsaking things for too long.” It’s a theme easily relatable to some point in anyone’s life. Further personalizing the experience expressed in the song, Héloïse Letissier performs a portion of it in her native French.
Release Date: The song was released Feb. 5.
PNW Tour Dates: None.