Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Pure Bathing Culture - “Ad Victoriam”
“Ad Victoriam” is the second single to be released from Pure Bathing Culture’s upcoming full-length album, “Night Pass” (out April 26th). For a group with a fondness for lyrics about mythical quests and orator’s wisdom, throwing some Latin phrases into the mixture seems like the next logical step. Their production glimmers to a new-found depth on this latest release, with much owed to the masterful ears of producer and fellow Portlander Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, REM and Spoon, to name a few). Be sure to check out Pure Bathing Culture live at Mississippi Studios on Sat., June 1.
Charts - “Trust in Me”
On their latest single, “Trust in Me,” Portland band Charts have a definite likeness to The Rolling Stones and a truly positive attitude towards life. “Feeling pretty good, the weather’s alright,” singer Michael Rowan yells at the beginning of one of several short verses that quickly escalate to a celebratory chorus followed by playful lead guitar solos. It’s clear that this group loves making music and just wants to have a good time. See Charts live at The Doug Fir Lounge on Sun., April 7 opening for Those Willows and The Get Ahead.
Calexico and Iron & Wine - “Father Mountain”
Back in 2005, Calexico and Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) released a seven-track mini-album together entitled, “In The Reins.” Fourteen years later, the two groups are collaborating again in a new joint-venture called “Years to Burn” that’s set to be released via Sub Pop Records on June 14. “Father Mountain” contains all the essential elements of a good folk song, with acoustic guitar, narrative verses and great backing vocals. The song is short and sweet, leaving us with a strong desire for more. Following the album’s release, the groups are hitting the road this summer, stopping by Portland’s Keller Auditorium on Fri., Aug. 23rd.