Little Rock, Arkansas, musician Kari Faux.
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Monday Mix: Aldous Harding, Kari Faux, Deafheaven

By Ray Gill, Jr. (OPB)
July 5, 2021 1 p.m.

Kickstart the week with three new songs hand-picked for your playlist.

Aldous Harding — “Old Peel”


Just before the pandemic began, Kiwi singer Aldous Harding had been playing the live favorite “Old Peel” to close most of her performance. After joining forces with producer John Paris, who worked on her previous two records, she’s bringing it to fans once again as a one-off single. The stripped-down rhythmic instrumentation is a musical manifestation of Harding’s laid-back vocal style. Together, they create a special sound wrapped in an understated swagger.

Kari Faux — “Outta Sight”

Singer, rapper and record producer Kari Faux bends expectations on her latest single “Outta Sight.” The track intros with neo-soul sensuality before dropping a beat and exploding into a danceable club mix. The Little Rock, Arkansas artist doesn’t rest on either style, as the song flows between the two tempos like a sonic rollercoaster. In a statement, the artist said, “‘Outta Sight’ is about a person you can’t stop thinking about even after they’re no longer in your life. Even though they’re out of view, the thought of them can trap you in a mental maze.”

Deafheaven — “Great Mass of Color”

San Francisco post-metal group Deafheaven recently announced that a new album, “Infinite Granite,” will arrive on August 20th. “Great Mass of Color” is the ethereal and shoegazey single they’ve chosen to kick things off with. The band digs deep into the new wave sounds of the 80′s with dreamy vocals and arrangements designed to reverberate throughout dancehalls. And surprisingly, singer George Clarke’s signature scream isn’t unveiled until the song’s conclusion.


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