New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Aug 24, 2020): Silver Clouds, Gulfer, Llusion, and more!

Artist: Silver Clouds

Song: “Peter Sellers”

Album/EP: Silver Clouds

A racketing and riotous rock offering from Winnipeg’s Silver Clouds, “Peter Sellers” excitedly careens through distinct chorus-lite verses on either side of an acid intrigue breakdown. Massive brass stings, enticing gang backing vocals, and a satisfyingly breakneck pace set up a massively enjoyable and replayable energy-lifting single. This one easily joins my very short list of fantastic songs called “Peter Sellers”.

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Artist: Gulfer

Song: “Forget (Friendly)”

Album/EP: Gulfer

Vulnerable and inviting emo from Montreal newcomers Gulfer, “Forget (Friendly)” showcases the best the genre has to offer. Intricate guitar melodic interplay, restless syncopated drums, and introspective train-of-thought lyricism present a complicated and intimate exposé into very personal feelings – displayed very effectively through instrumentation and vocals alike.

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Artist: Llusion

Song: “Sad4good (feat. Cautious Clay & HXNS)”

Album/EP: Single

Laconic instrumentals borrowing from hip hop, funk, and electronica swirl together into a toe-tapping, genre-defying single in Llusion’s “Sad4good”. Airy production, longing vocals, and pin prick staccato guitar plucks define the tune’s hazy semi-contentment tone.

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Artist: girlfriends

Song: “Eyes Wide Shut”

Album/EP: Single

Peppy pop punk with a strong leaning on synthtronica instrumentation in its verses, “Eyes Wide Shut” is an invigorating dose of glitzy energy. Wailing power chords and skittering time keeping accompany just-nasally-enough-to-be-nostalgic vocals in girlfriends’ hooky choruses, whilst arpeggiated keys and muted (by comparison) melodies ground the verses.

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https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7ybVoNkDQolNLGohI5lsAa

Artist: Bootblacks

Song: “Nostalgia Void”

Album/EP: Thin Skies

Anxious and claustrophobic post-punk full of ringing, tinny guitar lines and haunting background keys, Bootblacks seem to lean more into the existential latter half of new single “Nostalgia Void”. Euro-inspired flat echoing vocals anchor a tune that sits on the precipice of being just nearly too bright to be considered a nostalgic gothic offering.

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https://open.spotify.com/track/2K58axqn6rxhIMbIfjfz95?si=T23Qz9GEScWSpw2sM6zLsQ

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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