Each week the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature an elaborate baroque pop track, some melancholy indie rock, and a traditional folk ballad.
Grizzly Bear - Neighbors
Brooklyn rock band Grizzly Bear recently released another new song from their forthcoming album, “Painted Ruins,” out Aug. 18. The track, “Neighbors,” paints an elaborate landscape, balancing earthy acoustic guitars with an atmospheric sound that engulfs the listener. Grizzly Bear will be in Portland on Dec. 9 for a gig at Roseland Theater.
The National - Guilty Party
The National are masters at combining sadness and beauty in their music. The band’s upcoming album, “Sleep Well Beast,” is out Sept. 8 via 4AD, and judging by the record’s first two singles, not much has changed. This track, “Guilty Party,” is brimming with emotion and its lyrics capture a moment of private despair in a relationship. Upbeat electronic percussion starts the song off, contrasting with slow piano chords and wispy guitars that create a dignified and sensitive song. The National will perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Nov. 27.
Shelley Short - Death
“Death,” by Portland singer-songwriter Shelley Short is a simple, sweet tune that hearkens back to the American folk songs of the 1930s and is littered with imagery of the Oregon coast. The single is the first track off of her upcoming album “Pacific City” that will be available on Aug. 11. Shelley Short plays at Polaris Hall in Portland on Aug. 25.