Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman
In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:
DIIV, “Dopamine” -
DIIV’s main singer songwriter Zachary Cole has had a rough road since he debuted his band's first album to critical acclaim back in 2012, dealing with various legal troubles, which ensnared his girlfriend and synth pop chanteuse Sky Ferreira as well, stemming from a pretty serious drug problem. Over the past 18 months, he’s gotten himself in a good place, and looks finally ready to release his sophomore album Is The Is Are before the end of 2015. The album’s first single “Dopamine” pretty much takes on all Cole’s problems in one dose, as he breathlessly sings poetically clipped lyrics about how quickly drug use can spin out of control. Using the group’s trademark overlapping/time-signature warping guitar work, which owes a huge debt to Thurston Moore/Sonic Youth, “Dopamine” really does hit like a rush of blood to the head. It’s a thrilling song and I can’t wait to hear the whole album.
Mount Moriah, Calvander
- The veteran Durham/Chapel Hill indie rock group Mount Moriah is gearing up to release their third album, their second on Merge because of course, and just dropped their latest, excellent single “Calvander.” This track is like an old, trusty pair of jeans, and from the opening lazy guitar riffs, that possess the perfect alchemy of Built to Spill/Superchunk guitar work tempered by country-fried twang that, it sounds familiar and easy going. Lead singer Heather McEntire shows and doesn’t tell, singing about hitchhiking out around Calvander (a small rural North Carolina town outside of Durham) and doling out little details and touches of a main character who’s on their last legs, looking for salvation in all the wrong places.