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opbmusic’s Monday Mix: Perfume Genius, Alvvays, Michael Nau



Arden Wray

Each week, the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature an intimate piece of art pop, a soulful indie-folk artist and a track that embodies a blissful, summertime feeling.   

Perfume Genius - Valley

Seattle indie-chamber pop group Perfume Genius (fronted by Mike Hadreas) released its fourth album, No Shape, on May 5. This stand-out track, “Valley,” is an intimate glimpse into Hadreas’ world with vulnerable vocals and elegant plucking strings. The song’s catchy rhythm and warm piano and guitar tones create a finished product that emits a quiet power. This stripped-down version of the song comes from Perfume Genius’ recent Tiny Desk performance at NPR Music. Perfume Genius will be performing at the upcoming sold out Revolution Hall show on July 16.

Michael Nau - How You’re So For Real

Maryland artist, Michael Nau, known for his work with indie-folk band Cotton Jones, released his second solo album, Some Twist, on June 16. One of our favorites off the album, “How You’re so for Real,” is a perfect song for the summer. The song channels a light soulful 1960’s-vibe with casual, smoky vocals layered over a blissful, fuzzed out guitar melody and twinkling flutes.

Alvvays - In Undertow

Alvvays, the Toronto-based rockers known for their infectious twee melodies, have gained quite the following since their 2014 self-titled album. Their new single “In Undertow,” does not disappoint: Molly Rankin’s simple but catchy vocals echo confidently over summer-soaked guitars and sugary flute-synths. Their forthcoming album, Antisocialites, comes out on Sept. 8. Alvvays will be playing the Doug Fir on Oct. 27.

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