M. Ward

M. Ward

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Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we showcase standout songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast. This time around, we highlight a track from the debut rock record of a West Linn native, an airy and emotive folk song, and one Portland musician’s return to a classic sound.


Kate Davis - “Daisy”

The Skinny: New York-based songwriter Kate Davis (originally from West Linn, Oregon) has collaborated with Sharon Van Etten and trained as a jazz musician (specifically on double bass). Those two seemingly unrelated facts come together perfectly in “Daisy.” Davis’s voice climbs like a ladder — occasionally even hitting flattened notes on purpose — adding even more resilience to lyrics like “I am still coming up / I’m still coming up / Daisy.”

Release Date: Her album “Trophy” came out Nov. 8 on Solitaire Recordings.

Upcoming PNW shows: Davis performed in Portland last week.


TORRES - “Gracious Day”

The Skinny: On the longing chorus of “Gracious Day,” words seem to tumble out of TORRES’ mouth, unspooling like a long kept secret. Finger picked guitar, light reverb and airy production help bring her rich and emotive vocals into focus.

Release Date: The album “Silver Tongue” is out via Merge Records on Jan. 31.

Upcoming PNW shows: Torres plays Treefort in Boise, ID on March 25 and The Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA on March 31.


M. Ward - “Migration of Souls”

The Skinny: “Migration of Souls” marks a return to a classic folky sound for long-time Portlander M. Ward. But just because something is familiar doesn’t mean it can’t also feel new. The addition here of breathy saxophone over Ward’s beautifully meandering guitar offers an entirely fresh look.

Release Date: M. Ward’s album “Migration Stories” comes out on ANTI- Records on April 3, 2020.

Upcoming PNW shows: M. Ward plays Revolution Hall in Portland on May 14.