New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Dec 09, 2019): Badge Époque Ensemble, Cathedral Bells, BadBadNotGood, and more!

Artist: Badge Époque Ensemble

Song: “Nature, Man & Woman”

Album/EP: Nature, Man & Woman

An exotic and lush soundscape that ebbs and flows at a gloriously casual pace, this is quite the ensemble effort. Woodwinds and synths listlessly coil around each other, guitars peek in and flit away, and a chorus of percussions scamper throughout this enveloping track’s runtime.

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Artist: Cathedral Bells

Song: “Ephemeral”

Album/EP: Single

Mildly gothic shoegaze rock with a construction that lithely blends between decades of inspiration. Sighing vocals whisper above exploratory guitar melodies in Cathedral Bells’ single that purposely avoids completion or wholeness – it’s like this track has always existed, and the listener is just grabbing at a piece of this gaseous tune before it blows away again on the wind.

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Artist: BadBadNotGood ft. Jonah Yano

Song: “Key To Love”

Album/EP: Single

A silky sweet and glisteningly smooth collaboration from BadBadNotGood and Jonah Yano, “Key To Love” is a pleasantly relaxing song. Warm and airy synths and guitars melt into one another as Yano’s performance soars – his vocals are absolute perfection, adding even more emotional weight to this already cozily moody cover.

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Artist: SWOLL

Song: “Haydee’s”

Album/EP: Unwound

A pulsing and driving indie tune with a heavy dosing of equal parts shoegaze-lite and bedroom pop, “Haydee’s” plays like an uninhibited outpouring of the heart from SWOLL. Melodic doubling in the vocals and lead guitar helps add some brevity to the fuzzy tune as the rest of the band propel the pair along.

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Artist: Soran

Song: “Stop Myself”

Album/EP: Soran

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Soran’s breathy vocals welcome you into this heartfelt confessional from the Montreal-born singer-songwriter. Tasteful strings and a shifting, swelling collection of plucked guitars and piano build into a serenely beautiful sonic moment. It’s almost bittersweet to hear this tune come to a close.

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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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