New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Jan 09, 2023): Art d’Ecco, Anti-Flag, Safari Gold, 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! (Short on time? Listen to this article in playlist form!)

Artist: Art d’Ecco

Song: ‘Midlife Crisis’

Album/EP: After The Head Rush

Pointed and simple instrumentals shine in Art d’Ecco’s ‘Midlife Crisis’. Sticky guitar stings, flashing keys, and bass hold steady in this primarily glam poppy number. I especially like the breakdown back half, as the performance devolves into filling space and taking a harsher edge to the otherwise flashy track.

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Artist: Anti-Flag

Song: ‘The Fight of Our Lives’ ft. Tim McIlrath, Brian Baker

Album/EP: Lies They Tell Our Children

It’s hard not to get a bit pugnacious when Anti-Flag is blaring out of your speakers. ‘The Fight of Our Lives’ could be taken as a standard protest anthem if not for the excellent bridge featuring Tim McIlrath and Brian Baker of Rise Against and Bad Religion; McIlrath’s crystalline voice belting amongst Baker’s hammering is very Alexisonfire-esque.

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Artist: Safari Gold

Song: ‘Last Chance Addict’

Album/EP: The Years Between Dog And Wolf

Absolutely liquid soul pop from Wales’ Safari Gold (formerly Cuba Cuba), ‘Last Chance Addict’ makes a delectable meal out of its shimmering keys and effervescent guitars. The lads make this much polish feel effortless.

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Artist: KAMI-SAMA

Song: ‘Lisa Is Love’

Album/EP: Single

[Insert lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to Lofi Girl here]… no but seriously, Brampton’s KAMI-SAMA should absolutely make it to that channel with this track. Nothing more needs to be said.

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Artist: Meresha

Song: ‘Fire On’

Album/EP: Single

Huge early-2000s pop radio vibes from this single. Maybe it’s the layered vocals? Maybe it’s the synths rolling in and out? Maybe it’s the medium-high energy, bereft of drops, that holds through the entire tune’s duration? Maybe it’s Maybelline?

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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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