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: Parks N’ Rec
Song: ‘Peace of Mind’
Covers aren’t frequently picked for the Inbox, but when they shine like Parks N’ Rec’s take on Boston’s ‘Peace of Mind’ they make an undeniable case for themselves. This time around, it’s the judicious flip from big arena-filling guitars to focusing on spacey synths and intimate vocals that brings this anthemic classic to more of a balladic level.
Artist: Brian Dunne
Song: ‘Bad Luck’
Album/EP: Loser on the Ropes
Brian Dunne’s PR team describes his songs as “lean and gritty”, and I think I’d like to agree with them on this one. It’s not a minimalistic nor dark approach, more like a grounded no-frills take on what rock songwriting can look like: catchy, clear, and just bombastic enough to pump out of an amp stack or two.
Song: ‘Massif Central’
Album/EP: I Held the Shape While I Could
At the intersection of lush and anxious you have the shoegazey, dream-poppy goodness of Bodywash’s ‘Massif Central’. The Montreal duo lay down layers and layers of mossy, messy, busy waves of sound that don’t quite build a wall but also have no difficulties washing over the listener in a vessel of undulating guitars, breathy vocals, and sustained keys.
Artist: The Get Right Band
Song: ‘Hell Yes Refresh’
Toothy 80s keys lend a heavily electro-futurist vibe to this slightly psyche, mostly rock, entirely melodic ditty from Asheville’s The Get Right Band. Crisp hi-hats, shifting instrumentals, and a particular dedication to filtered and affected vocals bookended by a kaleidoscopic intro and outro pair make for a memorable listen.