Every Monday, opbmusic’s Monday Mix showcases three new songs featured on our online broadcast. This week, we highlight a new song from Latin Rock powerhouse Los Lobos, a new duet from Portland up and comers Leo London and Haley Johnson, and some grimey garage rock from L.A. band The Growlers.
Los Lobos - “The Fear”
Los Lobos’ rendition of “The Fear” began as a study of sorts on song arrangement. Teaming up with friends The Shins, who were already re-imagining their own album “Heartworms” for its re-release as “The Worm’s Heart,” the two bands released a split LP on record store day that included three different versions of “The Fear.” James Mercer (The Shins), may have put it best when he said that Los Lobos “just destroyed our version.” This take is expansive and transformational, with deeply emotional instrumentation that will pull you from everyday life for a quiet moment of solace in song.
Leo London featuring Haley Johnson - “Temporarily Your Girl”
“Temporarily Your Girl,” pairs two strong Portland voices: Leo London, a prolific songwriter and member of The Domestics; and Haley Johnsen, who you might recognize from the 2012 season of American Idol. The two blend together seamlessly in a melancholy, introspective duet bemoaning, “I’m good enough for love/But I’m temporarily your girl.” Piano and synth create an eerie grit, as if the listener is lost in a perpetual haze and Johnsen’s warm, honeyed vocal is the only roadmap. It’s the second track from London’s Montgomery Park EP.
The Growlers - “Problems III”
At best, the music industry fosters unbridled creativity, collaboration and innovation. At worst? Long legal battles like the one that nearly bankrupted the band, The Growlers, over the naming rights to their wildly successful festival, Beach Goth. One settlement later, the band is back headlining the reinstated Beach Goth Festival and taking it on the road with a tour for the titled righteously: Beach Goth World Tour 2018. Expect grimey, garage rock perfect for a summer party, albeit one with a little kick to it. Catch them September 6 at the Roseland Theater.