This week’s opbmusic Monday Mix features a slowed-down version of Katie Herzig’s “Beat of Your Own,” new music from Iron & Wine and a summer jam from Portland’s own Fruition.
Katie Herzig - “Beat Of Your Own” (Delicate Version)
For Katie Herzig, the recent release of her EP “Delicate” came from a yearning for simplicity and an urgency to share new music after “spending the last year releasing [her] new album ‘Moment of Bliss’ in slow motion.” The reimagined “Beat of Your Own” is a beautiful revelation with Herzig’s lovely, layered vocal haunting each wistful note. Where the original is a bright, dance-pop anthem inspiring individuality, this new “Delicate Version” strikes an introspective, melancholy tone. It’s a fascinating study on production versus intent, and a back-to-back listen is a must.
Iron & Wine - “What Hurts Worse”
The upcoming release “Weed Garden” from Iron & Wine began as unfinished business. During the final stages of compiling their Grammy-nominated full-length “Beast Epic,” there were a few songs that simply weren’t quite ready to share. However, for songwriter Sam Beam they were a “part of a larger narrative” that he needed to complete. The six-song EP is out via Sub Pop records on Aug. 31, and you can pre-order it here.
Fruition - “Baby Let’s Go”
In true Portland fashion, the band Fruition credits their beginning to an “impromptu busking session” a decade ago. Flash forward to August 2018 and they’ve released a new EP, “Fire,” produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) and recorded during the sessions for their full-length “Watch it all Fall Apart.” The first single, “Baby Let’s Go” is unassuming, but satisfying — a laid-back jam perfect for those last few summer sunset drives. Catch them Nov. 16 at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom.