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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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Now here are some sounds that linger in the mind. It's a song called "Reconfiguration." Appropriately enough, it's by a band that's still evolving. And it's our latest pick for Heavy Rotation - songs chosen by our colleagues at public radio music stations. Jerad Walker of OPB Music in Portland, Ore., has been tracking a local band called Other Lives.

JERAD WALKER: They relocated to Portland to make a concerted effort to change their sound.


OTHER LIVES: (Singing) I won't fear my rivals. I leave them in the silence. I live in the present, moment to moment, moment to moment...

WALKER: Portland is surrounded by forest. Doug fir trees are synonymous with the topography around here. Maybe the closed-in nature of the forest has sort of soaked into their sound a bit.


OTHER LIVES: (Singing) Fears I can't know myself, turn off and on and smile...

WALKER: I think subconsciously the planes and the landscape of Oklahoma had heavily influenced the band. It's been replaced by arrangements that are more compact. They're moodier and sometimes brooding.


OTHER LIVES: (Singing) Everything is turning out like it wants to. Feels like I've been here before...

WALKER: And it's not so much a wholesale change as it is an evolution. They still sound like Other Lives. But a lot of the folk influences, those have been replaced by this sound.


OTHER LIVES: (Singing) I leave them in the silence...

INSKEEP: Jerad Walker, music director of OPB Music in Portland, with the song "Reconfiguration" by Other Lives. You can hear more Heavy Rotation picks at nprmusic.org. Moody, brooding music - I can relate to that. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm David Greene.


OTHER LIVES: (Singing) Moment to moment...

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