Each week the Monday Mix serves up 3 new songs we’re featuring on the opbmusic broadcast. This week it’s a surprising synth track from Portland band The Decemberists, a gorgeous and moody song from Alela Diane, and a song from rising artist Lucy Dacus.
Lucy Dacus - Addictions
“Addictions” is the second single from Lucy Dacus’ upcoming album, “Historian.” Dacus, a former film student, self-directed the video, which follows a woman roaming her hometown while viewing the world through a picture frame that allows her to see in black and white. According to Dacus, “the song and video are about reaching into the past and running back to toxic relationships.” The new record is out March 2. She plays at Doug Fir Lounge March 26.
The Decemberists - Severed
Longtime Portland heavyweights, The Decemberists are back with a new track that takes a major stylistic left turn from what we’ve come to expect from them. “Severed” is galloping, synth-driven and dare we say, Devo-esque. The band’s eighth album, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” arrives March 16. They’ll play two nights at Edgefield June 22-23.
Alela Diane - Émigré
Alela Diane’s latest release, “Émigré,” is both haunting and cinematic, with gorgeous production. The string arrangements usher Diane’s powerful voice through lyrical reflections on the current international refugee crisis. Her upcoming album, “Cusp,” comes out Feb. 9. She’ll play a hometown show at The Old Church on May 19.