Multi-instrumentalist Elly Swope

Multi-instrumentalist Elly Swope

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Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.

Nilufer Yanya - “In Your Head”

In late January, 2018 Slingshot artist Nilufer Yanya shared new music from hear debut album, “Miss Universe” due out March 22. Pairing gritty vocals with tight production, it is an irresistible, pop-driven track that will have you humming along instantly. But, it’s more than just a catchy tune. The single “In Your Head” exemplifies her darkly humorous and astute sensibilities as a lyricist and indicates a great album waiting in the wings.

 Elly Swope - “Patterns”

Elly Swope is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and local Portland mainstay, supporting bands like Sunbathe, Kelli Schaefer, and the Genders, among others. The track “Patterns” is a single off of what Swope considers her “first proper solo project,” a five song EP entitled “It Feels the Same Everytime.” After working on the first half of the album in partnership with Victor Nash of Point Juncture, Washington, and Destination: Universe recording studios, Swope finished off the recording and mixed the project solo. The final product is lyrically introspective and an outright fun listen. Catch her at Bit House Saloon on Feb. 6.

 Andrew Bird - “Sisyphus”

“Sisyphus” is the second single shared by eveyone’s favorite whistling violinist, Andrew Bird, from his upcoming album titled wryly, “My Finest Work Yet.” Of the album’s conception, Bird shares, “I’m interested in the idea that our enemies are what make us whole—there’s an intimacy one shares with their opponent when locked in such a struggle.” In “Sisyphus,” Bird explores our relationship to suffering by examining the Greek mythology of an evil king, fated to push a boulder up a hill for eternity by the gods as punishment for his cruelty. With a jaunty whistle, Bird wonders if we are truly doomed to push that proverbial rock or if, perhaps, we might simply “let it roll.”