Singles Club: Mons Vi + Orpine + Riches
A little bit sultry and a little bit shy, Mons Vi's "Why Would I Do That?" gives off that certain kind of flushed-cheek, first blush of love glow. And according to Mons Vi mastermind Matthew Hershoff, the song is "about love that's burned past the early stages of blind lust, posing questions that must be answered on the way to true romance." With Hershoff's softly searching vocals and the song's laid back rhythms, it's a rather lovely listen.
Winsome and quietly captivating, Orpine's "Two Rivers" is a delightfully dulcet folksy nugget that not only takes its name from two actual rivers (nodding to the rivers in Eleanor Rudge and Oliver Catt's respective cities) but also draws lyrical inspiration from being peacefully alone on a riverbank. This enchanting, long distance duo creates a beguiling pastoral sound that encourages communing with nature and leaving the glare of the blue screens at home.
It's a slow burner this time around for Riches, the latest project of Young Galaxy's Catherine McCandless and choreographer Wynn Holmes. With its heady, velvet thrum, "Lily" might sound softly inviting, but there's weight to these enticing undulations. With Holmes providing deeper vocals to offset the ethereal McCandless, the song shows its true purpose, and unmasks itself as what the band describes as "a worship song for transformation and the gentle violence of total deconstruction before the bloom of new forms."