Artist: Yves Tumor
Song: “Gospel For A New Century”
Album/EP: Heaven To A Tortured Mind
A dense and alluring collision of R&B and pop in typical Yves Tumor fashion, “Gospel For A New Century” is a stylish offering from the new album Heaven To A Tortured Mind. Splash-heavy drums, washed-out brass stings, and Yves’ disassociated vocals make for a heavily groovy and subtly mind-warping listen.
Artist: Sam Himself
Song: “Slow Drugs”
Album/EP: Slow Drugs
An exceptionally sombre and moody tune from Swiss-bred Sam Himself, “Slow Drugs” is remarkably akin to The National material. Reverb-heavy melodies, thousand-yard-stare heady pacing, and beautifully heartbroken gravelly vocals à la Matt Berninger pull together this polished offering.
Artist: FRND CRCL
Song: “Loose Cannon”
Album/EP: Internet Noise
Oh, to be young again! If you’re missing the outside world right now, let FRND CRCL drag you right back to the days when you would’ve preferred the world ended instead. “Loose Cannon” is a pitch-perfect throwback to mid 90s pop punk: harmonic gang choruses, palm-muted riffs, snotty vibe and all. It’s like a case study of everything that made Simple Plan, Sum 41, and Blink 182 such iconic images (and sounds) of their zeitgeist.
Artist: BORZA feat. Amélie P Bédard
Song: “Guérir les hommes”
A casually artistic and reflective piece, “Guérir” sounds more like a moment in time than a song. Bédard’s French narration and BORZA’s gentle instrumentals, especially the organ and string features, lend a mature sophistication to the track amidst the downtempo musings.
Artist: The White Buffalo
Song: “Faster Than Fire”
Album/EP: On The Widow’s Walk
Impassioned and impactful rock with some mild roots rock influence, “Faster Than Fire” is a spitting-truth-and-vinegar kind of tune. Twangy guitar, anthemic melodies, and a morosely truculent vocal performance from The White Buffalo make this manifesto a memorable one.
Artist: Chin Injeti
A thoughtful and embracing synth-heavy pop tune crafted with care and heart from Inbox Monday newcomer Chin Injeti. Heavily modulated vocals and spacey keys lend a dreamy trance-like haze to “Falling”, without drifting into psychedelic territory.