Each week, the Monday Mix features three new songs from opbmusic broadcast. This time around, we share a queer anthem from pop singer Frankie Simone, a futuristic hip-hop track from Young Fathers, and a surprising blue-eyed soul song by Horse Feathers.
Frankie Simone - “War Paint”
Frankie Simone is empowered, impassioned, and in command. “I have arrived at the power of She, that is me,” Simone writes in a social media post celebrating International Women’s Day. Simone’s distinct brand of queer pop feels reflective of a new musical movement building in Portland. It’s polished, percussive and catchy as all get out, but also strikingly mindful. Pop with a purpose, we’ll call it. Simone calls out taunts like ‘tomboy’ and ‘lesbian bull****’ from those seeking to stifle her with labels and, in perhaps the ultimate act of defiance, she simply accepts herself. Her new EP, “Love//Warrior,” is out on June 1.
Young Fathers - “Toys”
On March 9, Young Fathers, the avant-garde hip-hop trio from Edinburgh dropped their latest album, “Cocoa Sugar.” It’s eclectic and experimental, each track boasting a different sound that evades definition. The full album is compelling, with a new favorite track emerging after each listen. With that in mind, the new single, “Toys,” may surprise you with its mainstream appeal. The song fuses rap with a frenzied electro-pop beat amid spooky vocalizations.
Horse Feathers - “Without Applause”
After 12 years and five albums, Portland folk band Horse Feathers shares a fresh sound on “Without Applause.” The quiet, subtle tenor of Justin Ringle’s vocals and the band’s delicate arrangements have earned the group a dedicated fan base, but this album is all about a musical evolution. A distinctly soulful, seventies rhythm section creates an energetic sound that feels a bit like a rebirth. The band’s new album, “Appreciation,” will be available via Kill Rock Stars on May 4.