Welcome to the Monday Mix where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Our Girl - “Our Girl”
Hailing from Brighton, England, dream-rock trio Our Girl’s debut album, “Stranger Today,” along with the self-titled single might be the one that got away in 2018. New to us, but released in August of last year, the track boasts a wall of sound merged with a dream-pop vocal that is at once disarming and intriguing. While their tour schedule remains overseas, you can stream the entire album here.
Jay Som - “Turn the Other Cheek”
Jay Som’s “Turn the Other Cheek” was originally released back in May of 2017 as part of the compilation “Our First 100 Days,” a protest album of sorts, benefiting organizations believed to be under threat by the Trump administration. The band recently released the track as a standalone single last month. The song functions in a space that is both disjointed and quietly triumphant, which immediately brings to mind some of the best psych-pop from the Beatles catalog. Jay Som will spend the Spring of 2019 touring with Mitski and you can follow their exploits here.
Aesop Rock and TOBACCO - “Corn Maze”
Portlander Aesop Rock has made a name for himself as the most verbose rapper in the world (no really), outpacing his peers, Shakespeare, and the novel “Moby Dick.” This year, he’s collaborating with experimental analog beat-maker TOBACCO (Thomas Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow) on a project they’ve titled “Malibu Ken.” The song “Corn Maze” delivers. It’s the second single from their self-titled album, marrying a wealth of imagery amidst dense lyrical content to enthralling synth beats. You can pre-order the album, due out Jan. 18, here.