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New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Jan 30, 2023): Parks N’ Rec, Brian Dunne, Bodywash, 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: Parks N’ Rec

Song: ‘Peace of Mind’

Album/EP: Single

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.

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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.

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Artist: Bodywash

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.

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Artist: The Get Right Band

Song: ‘Hell Yes Refresh’

Album/EP: iTopia

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.

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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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