New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Feb 08, 2021): Serj Tankian, Hanalei, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and more!

Artist: Serj Tankian

Song: “Elasticity”

Album/EP: Elasticity

An incessantly hooky and driving hard rock tune from a source that is usually associated with metal moshing rather than synth stings, “Elasticity” is the title track from System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian’s upcoming solo EP of the same name. Bellowing and yelping vocals interlace with hyperactive keys and slamming guitars in a melodic dance that always feels at the verge of spinning gloriously apart.

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Artist: Hanalei

Song: “Screen Echoes”

Album/EP: Black Snow

Breezy and light rock with a folk punkish tinge, the debut single from Hanalei’s new upcoming Black Snow is smooth listening with a tale to tell. Accessible lyricism akin to the style of The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson sits atop chugging, sunny guitars and a 3:43 runtime with barely a chorus to speak of – the substance of this tune is too busy drawing you in and spinning an embracing tale to repeat itself!

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Artist: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Song: “Pukebox”

Album/EP: Shyga! The Sunlight Mound

Hazy, blown-out acid rock with plenty of cranking riffs and wobbling sustained notes, “Pukebox” is kind of exactly the song you’d expect coming from Australian group Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and yes that’s their real name. Sizzling hi-hats and washed-out tones especially add to the sun-baked electric symphony unraveling throughout the single.

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Artist: Kara Marni

Song: “Trippin (Tripped Out Soul Mix)”

Album/EP: Single

Buttery-smooth soul stemming from Kara Marni’s crystalline voice and constructed with some help from Amerie’s “1 Thing” sample and collaborative work from Earth, Wind, and Fire’s Verdine White, “Trippin” is a bonafide head-bobber from the British R&B artist. Holding true to its remix’s styling, plenty of shimmering chimes, popping brass, and easy-going rhythmic guitars make their presence known.

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Artist: Maggie Szabo

Song: “Choose Me”

Album/EP: Single

Empowering and fulfilling pop celebrating self-love and individuality, Maggie Szabo’s “Choose Me” hits all the right notes. Pulsing bass, striking melodic chords, and Szabo’s carrying vocals mix together into a powerful anthemic single.

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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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