The opbmusic Monday Mix showcases three new songs premiering on the broadcast this week. This edition features new music from Big Red Machine, a hidden gem from Tunng and a video from Canadian alt-rock group Dilly Dally.
Big Red Machine - “Lyla”
Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s new project was born out of the “Dark Was the Night” compilation album from 10 years ago, when The National multi-instrumentalist sent an instrumental track called “Big Red Machine” to Bon Iver’s main songwriter. Years later, the two talented musicians have paired up with an album of the same name. This single “Lyla” feels more like “new Bon Iver” more than anything: Vernon spits out lyrics with a cadence that could almost be rap. Squeaks, scratches and synth line the song’s outer edges — it’s hard to take it all in on just one listen.
Tunng - “Dark Heart”
“Dark Heart,” by British alternative-rock group Tunng, is a song that changes every time you start to settle in. With layered electronic sounds and Damon Albarn-esque vocals, “Dark Heart” could be mistaken for a Gorillaz song — but what sets it apart is the space between its distinct sounds. There’s air between the instruments and less grime, and the hook “we are never alone” crescendoes with ease.
Dilly Dally - “I Feel Free”
Dilly Dally vocalist Katie Monks starts “I Feel Free” singing in a delicate doll-like voice, but it doesn’t end that way. In the music video, Monks digs up the bodies of her bandmates to play pretend with them. If this seems morbid, don’t worry — it is. But there’s also a sense of genuine playfulness present. As Monks drags these bodies to a field, the band member’s names and instruments flash on screen for a second. Her voice and the music grow to a growl as she begins to make the bodies play their instruments. Catch Dilly Dally opening for rowdy punk act FIDLAR on Halloween at the Crystal Ballroom.