New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Apr 11, 2022): Roye Trout, ELIS NOA, Private Island, 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: Roye Trout

Song: “Dreamers”

Album/EP: 7″ Split w/ Jesse Fellows

A sprightly, skittering melody shared between warm lead guitar and bright keys amongst effortless vocals and effusive backing makes Windsor-based Roye Trout’s “Dreamers” a clasping and welcoming listen. Abruptly setting off with a smirking “Is it alright to dream?”, the charm never really wears off as this open-handed indie rollicker skips along.

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Artist: ELIS NOA

Song: “Weights”

Album/EP: Single

Intimate and emotive vocals ensconced within a sparse beat and a shy apparition of a melody on keys and lonely electric guitar, “Weights” is more of a weightless listen from Vienna’s ELIS NOA. There’s almost a reverential quality to this soulful single, as each finely-balanced part melts together in a moderately ethereal listening experience.

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Artist: Private Island

Song: “Trippin’ ”

Album/EP: Single

Sharp and playful indie with a focus on precise stinging rhythmic guitar and syllabic vocals, SoCal’s Private Island bring together a fun little romp with “Trippin’ “. The occasional electric toms and glittering harmony also add to the bouncing enjoyability of this light-hearted, sun-soaked ditty.

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Artist: Quinn Oulton

Song: “Clashing Colours” feat. Moses Boyd

Album/EP: Single

Absolutely velvety smooth that spares no expense in its luscious mellow construction, “Clashing Colours” is a relaxing vibe-worthy single that hits juuust right. Haunting muted trumpet, restrained warbling keys, washy drums, and a curious sax solo that tries to convince the listener it’s a guitar all operate in perfect cohesion.

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Artist: Dani Ramos

Song: “Dime Algo”

Album/EP: Dime Algo

Echoing vocal samples drift in and out of this high-energy, if not slightly trippy, tech-house release from Berlin producer/DJ Dani Ramos. Transposing bass hits and bongo-esque percussive stings add some organic movement and keep this upbeat, energizing track from getting too static.

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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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