Each week, the Monday Mix features three new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This time it’s a new song from folk crooner Ray LaMontagne, Ashland’s Slow Corpse and the Portland husband-and-wife shoegaze band bed.
Slow Corpse - “Blooming”
“Just a little band from Ashland, Oregon tryin’ to play at your house party,” reads Slow Corpse’s bandcamp page. If the tasty rhythm section of their single “Blooming” is any indication, it would certainly be a good time. The groups blends several sensibilities in their varied backgrounds (EDM and blues for singer Mitchell Winters, shoegaze for guitarist Brenton Clark, hip-production from Dash Curtis), and the result is something between R&B and psychedelic pop. It’s undeniably catchy. “Blooming” is first single off their upcoming album, “Fables,” on Portland label Tender Loving Empire. Catch them at the Doug Fir on April 26 at 8 pm.
Ray LaMontagne - “Such a Simple Thing”
Ray LaMontagne’s newest single, “Such a Simple Thing,” exemplifies his ability to craft a simple lyric image into an incredible snapshot of emotion. “My heart is like paper. / Yours is like a flame,” he croons to beautifully devastating effect. “Part of the Light” will be his seventh studio album, released on May 18. It marks a return to the sound that first skyrocketed his career. His signature, breathy vocal soars and controls the song throughout, highlighted by acoustic and slide guitar that transports the listener to a landscape of lost love’s futility. His tour will make a stop in Bend, Oregon, on May 30, along with Neko Case.
bed. - “Replay”
Alex and Sierra Haager, the husband and wife team behind the local duo bed., share their newest single “Replay.” The track is a part of their untitled full-length debut, produced by Portland heavyweight Larry Crane and rumored to be out this fall. Reminiscent of the Pixies, their slo-fi sound provides the perfect backdrop for a raw and relatable portrait of a relationship in strife. Sierra’s vocal alternates between tenderness and fire while dissonant guitars rage in the background. “If you secede, do I believe that I’ll make it out alive?” she asks. On the other side and very much alive, they’ve used their troubles as a burst of creative synergy. We can’t wait to hear what comes next.