Each week, the Monday Mix features three new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This time we highlight tracks from Sudan Archives, Trevor Powers and The Black Pumas.
Sudan Archives - “Sink”
Thus far, Sudan Archives, aka NPR slingshot artist Brittney Parks, seems limitless in her exploration of sound and instrumentation. She’s expansive and experimental, exuding a confidence found through both passion and study. As a self-taught violinist, she struggled to find resonance in classical music, but everything changed when she discovered the fiddling style of Northeast Africa. She pursued a degree in music technology, learning to combine beats and strings into her own unique sound. “Sink” is the title track of her latest EP.
Trevor Powers - “Ache”
“Mulberry Violence,” the latest album announced by Trevor Powers (formerly of Youth Lagoon), is a concept project more than two years in the making. In an artist statement, Powers explains that the Mulberry represents restraint and patience of nature working in opposition to the frenzy and violence of humanity. “Every person alive is full of opposing forces,” he writes in a note to fans on Facebook. “We walk a fine line between calm and chaos.” The track “Ache” is the second of two singles released from the album, which drops August 17. Catch him at Mississippi Studios September 29.
Black Pumas - “Black Moon Rising”
Black Pumas brings together singer-songwriter Eric Burton and producer Adrian Quesada to create a laid back psychedelic rock sound out of Austin, Texas that might give you seventies flashbacks. Up to this point, Quesada’s career has been nothing short of prolific as both a producer and guitarist. His resume includes playing with Brownout, Grupo Fantasma, Ocote Soul Sounds and more. His collaboration with Eric Burton in “Black Moon Rising” creates a space where both men’s talents shine. Burton’s velvet vocal soars into falsettos across the lush texture of Quesada’s production. Their debut album is due out this summer, and they’ll be playing at Portland’s Pickathon August 3-6.