Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight standout songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast. This week’s we’ve got an eclectic batch, with new music from an Eastern Oregon-based psychedelic country troubadour, a resurgent synthpop duo, and a stripped-down arrangement from one of indie rock’s finest young songwriters.
Bart Budwig - “Human Again”
The Skinny: Bart Budwig is one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets. From his isolated home in Enterprise, a sleepy town in the foothills of the majestic Wallowa Mountains, the country musician has created a string of impressive albums that borrow liberally from the outlaw and cosmic American songwriters of the 1970s. This new single “Human Again” sees Budwig dabbling in country-soul.
Release Date: The full-length album “Another Burn On The Astroturf” is out Jan. 24 via Portland label Fluff and Gravy.
Wye Oak - “Fortune”
The Skinny: When Jenn Wasner announced that she had joined indie-rock titans Bon Iver as a full member earlier this year, longtime fans began to wonder what that development meant for her other projects, including the group Wye Oak. That collaboration, with musician Andy Stack (who released his own side project this year), had been her main vehicle for the past decade. But with the release of this dark, sleek, synth-driven song, Wye Oak fans can apparently rest easy.
Release Date: The “Fortune” single came out on Nov. 12 via Merge Records. No word yet on a full-length album.
Upcoming PNW shows: Wye Oak performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland on March 21.
Lucy Dacus - “Fool’s Gold”
The Skinny: At the age of 21, Lucy Dacus sprung onto the national stage with a 2016 debut album that included the infectious single “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore.” She followed that breakout up with last year’s “No Burden” (an impressive album that topped most critics’ year-end lists) and a turn with super-group boygenius (along with fellow songwriters Phoebe Bridgers and Julian Baker). Not one to rest on her laurels, this bittersweet, stripped-down song comes from a new EP.
Release Date: The EP “2019” was released on Nov. 8 on Matador Records.
Upcoming PNW shows: No shows scheduled in the Pacific Northwest at the moment.