New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Feb 24, 2020): Wyldlife, Jordan Klassen, Bikini Test Failure, and more!

Artist: Wyldlife

Song: “Kiss and Tell”

Album/EP: Year Of The Snake

High-octane rock with just the right blend of snottiness and jockiness, “Kiss and Tell” is meant to be played very incredibly loud. There’s nary a moment of rest from the pounding kit, redlining guitars, and straining vocals – it’s not necessarily inventive, but boy does it ever nail the tone. Kind of plays like a stadium-filling evolution of nerdy punk a la Cheap Trick.

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Artist: Jordan Klassen

Song: “Identivacation”

Album/EP: Single

Cute, thoughtful, and warmly intimate singer-songwriter bedroom pop can be found in Jordan Klassen’s “Identivacation”. Flitting keys with a sweet and curious tone provide a tonal introduction that is carried by Klassen’s breathy mouthful of a vocal performance, familiarly constant guitar picking, and muted drums and bass that pulse pleasantly in the background.

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Artist: Bikini Test Failure

Song: “Uncomplimentary”

Album/EP: Single

Well it’s got a trumpet so immediately you know I’m in, but that’s not all there is to like about Bikini Test Failure’s “Uncomplimentary”. Lush and layered guitars and keys provide a hearty glam base to this pop ballad, which also features a few other muted brass features, tinkling bells, and a jilted vocal delivery to complete the package.

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Artist: Wardruna

Song: “Grá”

Album/EP: Kvitravn

You don’t need to understand the language to be absolutely taken by this grand, haunting Norwegian epic. Powerful and sweeping chorals, droning strings, deep and booming lead vocals, frantic throat singing, and primal drumming craft a bold and striking folk tune that touches a deep ancestral instinct in the listener. Prepare to immerse yourself in this one.

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Artist: Wildstreet

Song: “Born To Be”

Album/EP: Single

Maybe it’s the gang vocals, maybe it’s the perfectly grimy guitar tone, maybe it’s the hearty and full kick drum on their kit – something about Wildstreet’s “Born To Be” really just gets your engine revving. A bit of nu-metal attitude goes the distance on this tune without dragging down the crisp instrumentals into any unnecessary rap breakdowns – can you tell I’ve been burned before by tunes like this?

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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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