New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Jan 18, 2021): Greta Isaac, Tommy Newport, We Were Sharks, and more!

Artist: Greta Isaac

Song: “Pessimist”

Album/EP: Pessimist

Vocally-driven indie pop that steadily builds into a sparingly bombastic yet humbly catchy stereo-pumping single, Welsh artist Greta Isaac makes the most of little breaths of space in “Pessimist”. An ornately arranged driving beat, crystalline singing, and so-organic-they-could-very-well-be-real instrumental stings/samples bring this unique and uplifting song to life.

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Artist: Tommy Newport

Song: “Yellow Lines”

Album/EP: Single

Attention-grabbing bass, sinuous trebly guitar doubling upon itself, and a nonchalant confidence drive the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it groove behind Tommy Newport’s funky “Yellow Lines”. Despite the two-minute runtime, Newport’s trippy instrumentals and translucent vocals help the listener melt away before snapping back into sharp focus at the tune’s abrupt end – rife for an urgent repeat or two!

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Artist: We Were Sharks

Song: “Bring Me Down”

Album/EP: Single

Explosive and energetic pop-punk with all of the prescribed angst and only the slightest hint of 90s-era snotty whine, “Bring Me Down” is a tidy little ripper from Ottawa’s We Were Sharks. Complementary power chords, gang vocals, and a set of ever-pounding drums clatter and clash in perfect harmonic chaos – before and after dropping away for effect in pre-choruses and bridges, of course.

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Artist: San Mei

Song: “In The Machine”

Album/EP: Single

Claustrophobic and haunting industrial pop built upon ethereal vocals and biting drum machine and sawtooth synth, “In The Machine” is a dark cyberpunk offering from Australia’s San Mei. Gripping, inundating layers of vocals and instrumentals craft a grand, oppressive wall of techno sound that lend a dystopian air to the single.

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Artist: JAWNY

Song: “Trigger of Love”

Album/EP: For Abby

Lo-fi hip hop with a slithery delivery and laconic lead guitar hook, “Trigger of Love” is an effortless head-bobber from Bay Area resident JAWNY. With self-effacing stream-of-thought lines that feel lifted from a masochist’s diary and a deliciously laid-back beat that just straddles the line between minimalist and lazy, this tune’s got a sense of style all its own – and no business being this catchy with this simple a setup.

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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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