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.
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.
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.
Song: ‘Lisa Is Love’
[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.
Song: ‘Fire On’
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?