Welcome to the Monday Mix, where we showcase new music just added to the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a genre-bending artist who finds strength in adversity, the return of a legendary vocalist and an angsty anthem.
Shamir - “On My Own”
“On My Own” is a pop-powered and rhythmically infused journey to find the strength within. Shamir was inspired to write the song after a bad break up, and this track certainly demonstrates the resiliency he acquired from coming out of those ashes. In the accompanying video, the songwriter also embraces involuntary isolation by featuring solo shots of himself throughout his home during quarantine.
Michael Stipe and Big Red Machine - “No Time For Love Like Now”
Michael Stipe is in full-R.E.M form on this collaboration with Big Red Machine, which features Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The delicate symphonic backing and Stipe’s thoughtful vocals create a hauntingly beautiful synergy. Stipe wrote the lyrics last fall, but according to Dessner, who also produced, “When the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing and self isolation descended, [we] felt like they were written about this time all along.” Proceeds from the related merchandise, which Stipe designed himself, will go to benefit The Equal Justice Initiative and the COVID-19 Protest Fund.
Bully - “Where To Start”
Bully offers a strident remedy to this tumultuous year by taking us back to the 90s with their newest release. “Where To Start” is a song lead singer Alicia Bognanno freely admits was inspired by Chumbawamba’s classic 1997 anthem “Tubthumping.” Bognanno accents the track with an angsty and emotional vocal delivery that tears through the air while paired with a raucous guitar riff.