Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Stella Donnelly - “Tricks”
“Beware of the Dogs,” Stella Donnelly’s debut LP, was recently released on Secretly Canadian. On “Tricks,” Stella has clearly had enough of entertaining a certain someone, as evident from the song’s accusatory tone. Donnelly’s cheeky personality is illuminated most by her diction, giggling through lines and complaining that, “you only like me when I do my tricks for you.” Musically speaking, it’s a well-polished composition, making it hard to believe that this is Stella’s first rodeo. The song unveils a mere glimpse of this musician’s true capabilities, and she obviously has a great deal more tricks up her sleeve. See Stella Donnelly live at Polaris Hall on April 3rd.
Wand - “Thin Air”
Los Angeles psych-rock group, Wand, is full of virtuosos, as each one of the band’s five member’s seems more talented than the last. Group leader Cory Hanson and drummer Evan Burrow have shared the stage with Ty Segall as part of his backing outfit (The Muggers). Wand’s latest release, “Thin Air,” begins with dual arpeggiated guitars and drums, growing and developing into an atmospheric wave of energy. Following the introduction and verse, the song begins to gallop into a raucous chorus of lead guitar and crashing cymbals. “Thin Air” is a joy ride, and has many fans looking forward to their forthcoming album release, “Laughing Matter,” out on April 19th via Drag City. Catch the group live at Mississippi Studios on May 9th.
Deep Sea Diver - “You Don’t Own Me”
In the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, Deep Sea Diver (Jessica Dobson) adds fuel to the fire with this inspirational cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 song, “You Don’t Own Me.” Originally produced by Quincy Jones, “You Don’t Own Me” has also been covered by the likes of Dusty Springfield, Australian singer-songwriter Grace (ft. G-Easy), and Joan Jett. While the original tune fades out in its final run through of the chorus, this version tears open interdimensional wormholes with a riveting guitar solo. Dobson shares the microphone with Joseph’s lead vocalist, Natalie Schepman, adding some Oregon flavor to this sixties throwback. We can only hope for more collaborations between these two talents in the near future.