New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Apr 04, 2022): Motherhood, Shelf Lives, Cobra The Impaler, and more!

Every week, we’re sent dozens if not hundreds of promotional emails from agents, PR firms, and hopeful artists containing the latest releases from around the world. From the biggest superstars to the ambitious self-starters we comb through it all to highlight to you what we’ve been digging, the tunes that caught our eye, and the recommended selections that make the notifications worth it. This is New Music From The Inbox!

Artist: Motherhood

Song: “Ripped Sheet”

Album/EP: Winded

Anxious and cacophonous post-punk that absolutely tears through its runtime before devolving in a delicious screeching breakdown, “Ripped Sheet” is off New Brunswick-based Motherhood’s newly-announced upcoming record – which is very much sounding like one to catch. Rapid-fire vocal delivery, propulsive and thick bass, and barely-discernible blown-out amps make for a raucous listen.

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Artist: Shelf Lives

Song: “I Don’t Think I’ll Go Out Today”

Album/EP: Yes, offence

Trash-pop/post-punk London duo Shelf Lives bring the noisy dance-punk heat in “I Don’t Think I’ll Go Out Today”. Arrhythmic percussion, affected vocals, redlining samples and sparsely differentiated instrumentals all bleed into an intense – and intensely moshable – erratic wall of eclectic sound.

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Artist: Cobra The Impaler

Song: “Mountains”

Album/EP: Colossal Gods

Absolutely surgical riffs and double kick beats flow seamlessly in and out of melodic and howled vocals in Cobra The Impaler’s accessible and prodigious heavy metal single “Mountains”. The precision and clarity in both performance and production really elevate this tune – there’s some absolutely banging axe grinding put on display here.

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Artist: IKE

Song: “It’s OK” feat. Sera Kalo

Album/EP: The Great Escape

Groovy jazz paired with atmospheric stings of electronic instrumentation brings a modern technologic vibe to the organic soulfulness of IKE’s “It’s OK”. Warm and enveloping backing, plus Sera Kalo’s crystalline crooning, lad a cozy bed for warbling synth arpeggiators to flit above.

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Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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