Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we showcase new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast. This time around, we highlight a folk rock supergroup, a pop jam and the long-awaited return of an Oregon-based songwriter.
Bonny Light Horseman — “The Roving”
The Skinny: Bonny Light Horseman is a folk-rock supergroup consisting of of Anais Mitchell (fresh off a Tony Award win for Best Original Score in “Hadestown”), Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, Josh Ritter), and Eric D. Johnson from Portland-based band Fruit Bats. “The Roving” layers a lush guitar sound with the effortless yet painful beauty of Mitchell’s vocals to tell the story of the recognition of the ending of a relationship.
Release Date: Their self-titled debut record is out on Jan. 24.
PNW Tour Dates: The trio perform in Portland on Jan. 24 at Mississippi Studios.
Caroline Rose — “Feel The Way I Want”
The Skinny: According to Rose, her new album, “Superstar,” is a “cinematic pop album that tells a story of someone who leaves behind everything they know and love in search for something bigger and more glamorous. It’s a story about losing yourself but also finding the brazen self-confidence to follow a dream.” This expression of happiness through discovery of individuality is captured with enthusiasm in the carnival of sounds that make up her single, “Feel the Way I Want.”
Release Date: “Superstar” is out on March 6 via New West.
PNW Tour Dates: None at the moment.
Other Lives - “Lost Day”
The Skinny: After a 5 year layoff, Other Lives returns with the album, “For Their Love,” which was recorded in lead singer Jesse Tabish’s home in Oregon’s Cooper Mountain Region. The band credits the isolated setting for allowing them to be “less inclined to over-finesse” songs. The record’s first single, “Lost Day,” is a masterful arrangement of string, brass, and percussion fused with thought-provoking lyrical content, harmony, and depth.
Release Date: The full-length album “For Their Love” is out on April 24 via ATO Records.
PNW Tour Dates: No Oregon dates have been announced yet, but Other Lives are performing in Seattle at the Bumbershoot Festival on Aug. 31.