Michael Collins, it's Music Monday!
Here's a new one from Portland/LA band Oh Darling, from their upcoming album Beauty in Commotion. "Runaway" is a dizzy, twirling pop tune that could soundtrack your favorite '90s teen movie—or a hopeful spring day in 2014. After writing these tunes in Los Feliz, Oh Darling returned to Portland to finish the tracks at the studio oat the Secret Society. Fittingly, the Secret Society is also where Oh Darling will play their record release show, on Saturday, May 10. Beauty in Commotion comes out earlier that week, on Tuesday, May 6.
Golden Retriever have release a confounding, fascinating track from their upcoming Seer album, due out on Thrill Jockey on March 25. (Here's the exclusive announcement of Seer's release, which we broke back in February.) "Flight Song" is aptly named, a wandering, sonorous, and beautiful voyage into Earth's upper realms, at times sounding buoyantly lightheaded from lack of atmosphere and at others gulping down huge breaths of life-giving oxygen. Golden Retriever give Seer a release show at Holocene on Sunday, April 6, with Miracles Club, Litanic Mask, and Pinhead in Fantasia.
Paradise have prepped their second album, Soldiers of the Modern Age, and it's another collection of Farfisa-driven garage rock. Here's "Born and Bound," a fervent '60s-style pebble (nugget, rubble, what have you) that builds to an acid-rock Age-of-Aquarius sing-along bridge before returning to a verse/chorus that would make the Chocolate Watchband proud. Paradise release Soldier of the Modern Age on April 22 via Teen Sound Records, and they play a record release show on Saturday, May 3 at the Doug Fir.
Taking an abrupt turn, here's Timberbound and a fiddle tune called "Beggarman" that bears a perhaps holiday-appropriate Irish feel. This and the other songs in Timberbound's repertoire come from a songbook compiled in the 1970s by John Cunnick, a sawmill worker from Vernonia, Oregon, and his wife Kim. A new ensemble, taking its name from both the songbook and a quartet called Timberbound that Kim Cunnick formed after John's death, has revived the tunes and has committed them to tape for the first time. That album of recordings will be released on March 29, and on that date Timberbound perform a CD release show at Artichoke Music.
Okay, another abrupt turn: Here's a silky smooth track from Portland hiphop producer Steez. Like the rest of Steez's very fine Bless album (check the whole thing out on Bandcamp), "That 1 Moment" finds a steady, laidback groove for its instrumental brew, evoking bygone days of jazz and R&B, but located firmly in the momentous now. Some heads might think these tracks are begging for an emcee to build something on them, but I think they stand perfectly well on their own, fine examples how melodies and unique productions can be built from well chosen samples.
Ruin that posture with this catchy bit of slouch-rock from Snow Roller. The Portland four-piece released their EP Another Step in Your Career Ladder last month—indeed, the opening track is called "Slouch," but here's track three, the guitar-riffic "Mirror." This is still a very young band (they played their first show in February) but expect to hear more good things from them. Indeed, you can even take in their next show, when they play at Langano Lounge on Wednesday, March 26 with Ghost Frog, Coma Serfs, and Sad Bitch.
We'll end today with one from Paulo Zappoli and Kevin Leigh Robinson, who have collaborated for this bit of aviator-shades desert rock. Zappoli may be better known of Pall Jenkins of the Black Heart Procession; Robinson of course is known from his time spent in Portland fixtures like Viva Voce and Blue Giant, and countless bits of production and sideman work. This one finds Zappoli taking lead vocal as the two playing guitar and keyboard over a deceptively simple but heavy, insistent drum machine.