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Miriam Margolyes, it's Music Monday!
Souvenir Driver continue their series of preview tracks from their upcoming full-length, Living Water, which is due out in April. Once a month, they're making a new single available—the catch being that these tracks disappear after 30 days (they'll, of course, be on the album when it's released). Tomorrow, Souvenir Driver releases "I Touch You Honey," and we've got the exclusive advance stream of it. It's a brash, frizzy pebble of pop that's in and out in under two minutes. In the words of SD's Nate Wey, "It's the shortest song on the record—much surfier, lighter, and maybe less post-punk-y than most of our other tracks." This one breezes by quickly enough to demand repeat plays, especially with those schoolboy harmonies that kick in during the second verse, and that terrific chorus that's over way too soon. "I Touch You Honey" will be available on Bandcamp starting tomorrow (head over to Bandcamp right now for your last chance to grab the album's first preview track, "Kiss You Quick), and will be available until Tuesday, January 7. They'll also have a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a vinyl pressing of Living Water.
Nobody owns sweater weather like the Portland Cello Project. To that end, they've got a new EP of winter-themed songs, titled Winter (The Best Nine Months of the Year), and it includes inventive arrangements of wintry songs like "Carol of the Bells," "Riu Chiu," and selections from Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Here's the EP's opening track, a tango-ish cover of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal," which sounds very much like a walk through a snow-covered forest. Portland Cello Project perform their annual Holiday Sweater Spectacular—one of the Portland holiday season's essential events—at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, December 20 (tix on sale here). The Winter EP is available for purchase here.
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside's new EP is ready to take on Portland Cello Project in a battle of the seasons: It's titled Summer, and it was recorded over a four-day weekend in October 2012 with Mike Coykendall at his Blue Rooms Studio, all recorded live in the same room with vintage mics. Ford says the EP was influenced by Portland surf band Satan's Pilgrims, and the songs reflect a rawer, punkier vibe of the band, evoking memories of summer (hence its release at the start of winter, when we need it most). Of this great new track—which premiered last week on The Current—Ford says, "'Lips N’ Hips' is about one-night stands or summer flings, and that romantic hope they instill, even though most of the time you don't ever see the person again—or at least that's what my friends tell me! I guess the secret irrational hope is that you'll run away together even though you don't truly know each other." Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside play two shows at the Doug Fir later this month, on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.
Kory Quinn's new album At the End of the Bar is a country-folk stomper, and the bar in question is perhaps the one at the LaurelThirst public house; the album reflects Quinn's connection to the Portland roots-music scene. Here's a song called "Back to Oregon," and it's a travelogue with a happy destination in site. Fittingly, Quinn plays a record release show at LaurelThirst on Saturday, December 21 with the Portland Country Underground. Boots will be scooted.
Check out the opening track from Bombs into You's new one. Shake is due out on December 22 and is a confident, fine distillation of the band's electro-rock house-party sound. "Dizzy Air" is the album's first track, and it's a late-night jam of cascading synths, a slow and steady machine beat, and yearning vocals that stretch into falsetto. Bombs into You play a record release show at Misssissippi Studios on Sunday, December 22.
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