Each week, we feature three new songs just added to the opbmusic broadcast, starting this time with a new song from the late Oregon producer and artist Richard Swift.
Richard Swift - “Broken Finger Blues”
“Broken Finger Blues” is a single from Richard Swift‘s 8th solo album, “The Hex,” made at his National Freedom studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It’s where he had produced indie rock acts including The Shins, Guster, Damien Jurado and many more. Swift tragically passed away at the age of 41 on July 3 from complications resulting from alcoholism according to his wife. Swift has written that “Broken Finger Blues” was written in response to having a cast removed from his broken finger. But with lyrics like, “I fell on hard times, I lost a lot. No understanding, the pain I got” gives a distinct feeling he’s telling us so much more. This soulful track may be a call back to his days singing in the church as a child and contains classic R&B melody with lyrical pain.
Carl Broemel - “Rain Check”
“Rain Check” is a new track off of Carl Broemel’s solo project, “Wished Out,” which was released September 21. You may know Broemel as the multi-instrumentalist from the group “My Morning Jacket.” He was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “20 New Guitar Gods” in 2007. “Rain Check” is a song with a steady heartbeat of rhythm extricated from the sound you may be tempted to assume. Layered with his unique guitar style is a cool and natural vocal confidence, that makes this a song worth a listen. Broemel’s album was recorded in his new studio in Nashville.
Say Hi - “I Just Wanna Go Home”
This song is a refreshing BLAST of fun containing fun lyrics and a screaming ‘90s style guitar riff. Say Hi is one-man-band Eric Elbogen, a Seattle-based artist originally from Brooklyn. The band was previously called “Say Hi to Your Mom.” After an overwhelming response to a Kickstarter campaign for his vinyl last year, Elbogen became inspired to revive the Say Hi project and we’re all the better for it. The album “Caterpillar Centipede” was released Sept. 7 on the artist’s label Euphobia Records.