Each week, the Monday Mix features three fresh songs from opbmusic’s broadcast. Here’s a new song from the duo Wye Oak, a quiet turn from Yo La Tengo, and a gorgeous, questioning song from Portland’s Haley Heynderickx.
Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs
“The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” may be the fifth album for Wye Oak‘s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, but the title track feels like a second coming. While living in separate cities (Marfa, Texas, and Durham, North Carolina, respectively), the two would come together for weeklong stretches to blend their individual ideas into one creative opus. The tension of separation and reunion shimmers through the track and sets the tone for the album. It’s a song of juxtaposition: reverberating vocals and soaring harmonies with gritty, distorted guitars and synths. Just when the listener gets comfortable, the instruments drop and the song ends. Separated again, but only until the full release on April 6.
Yo La Tengo - Shades of Blue
“Shades of Blue,” the latest release from Yo La Tengo, is one of four eclectic tracks now available from their self-produced album, “There’s a Riot Going On.” The album proposes that art can offer a solution to the anxiety of these dark times. While a riot might rage in the world, Yo La Tengo creates space to turn away from violence and anger, and find peace through emotional expression and quiet humanity. Starting with a playful vamp reminiscent of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” the track’s clean, straightforward production allows Georgia Hubley’s warm vocal tones to shine. It’s a record that takes you on a journey, escaping to a quiet place of humanity. Stay awhile.
Haley Heynderickx - Untitled God Song
Emotive, poetic, and haunting. It’s no surprise that local musician, Haley Heynderickx, is quickly becoming Portland’s folk darling. In “Untitled God Song” from her debut album, “I Need to Start a Garden,” Heynderickx imagines a feminine God, beautifully imperfect like the rest of us. “When you’re drunk near a sunset,” sings Heynderickx, “look straight in her eyes. She’s the quick glimpse of heaven, forgetting her headlights are on.” Heynderickx’s vocal echoes with tenderness (and reverb) that adds to the innate loneliness and melancholy of the track. Electric guitar with vibrato that harkens back to the 50s and a warbling trumpet create a song for pondering the disparity of beauty and sadness. “When you misread her fortune,” Heynderickx warns, “don’t misread the joke.”