Welcome to the Monday Mix, where we showcase new music just added to the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature a moody pop song, some heart-pumping guitar rock, and neo-soul from a supremely talented musician.
Cults - "Trials"
New York duo Cults has dropped the first single from their upcoming album called "Host" (out on Sept 18). This track centers around a light, playful melody and comforting vocal pitch, but as the lyrics sink in the song turns into something serious and far more compelling. “The chorus walks a tightrope between a metaphor for gas-lighting and a despairing worry about the person you still hold out hope for” the band explains in a press relase. The album was mixed by John Congleton, who has worked with a who's who of musicians ranging from Angel Olsen and to Future Islands and his influence is certainly evident in shaping the sound of "Trials."
The Beths - "I'm Not Getting Excited"
The opening track from the Kiwi band's sophomore album, this song immediately gets the heart pumping with dynamic guitar (paired with surprisingly low key vocals). Guitarist and vocalist Elizabeth Stokes says this contrast in energy connects well with the current pandemic life. "It has defined the lock-down for us—being locked indoors but furiously busy,” says Stokes, who goes on to explain that the actual meaning of the song explores a feeling that no matter what success the band experiences "deep down there's a tiny Liz saying 'don't get excited."
Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "Someone"
Gabriel Garzón-Montano is a singer-songwriter born to French and Colombian parents in New York City, where his mother performed as a classical vocalist. So, unsurprisingly, he’s cultivated an amalgamation of musical influences into a uniquely beautiful sound of his own with the single “Someone” (his record “Agüita” is out on Oct. 5). In a statement Garzón-Montano said, “I wrote ‘Someone’ about a relationship that had arrived at an in-between place characterized by a string of escapist dinners + love making rendezvous at my apartment.” The track takes funk inspired instrumentation and mixes it with his down-temp neo-soul vocals, made all the more impressive by the fact that he also plays all of the instruments on the recording.