New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (July 05, 2021): Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, Aziya, Theon Cross, 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!

Artist: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth

Song: “Chase It Down”

Album/EP: Utopian Ashes

Sizzling acoustic guitar, dramatic string stings, and a constant air of subtle tension colour the impressively impactful “Chase It Down” by frequent collaborators Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth. Their newest album Utopian Ashes follows a crumbling marriage, and its these throes of disintegration that shine through on the lead single.

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Artist: Aziya

Song: “Marathon”

Album/EP: We Speak of Tides

Biting bass and careening vocal delivery tie down the racing stop-and-starts of Aziya’s “Marathon”. The single slowly bubbles to life with gentle keys before tearing away into its pace, making use of grittier synth tones and scattered vocal layerings to lend some nervous energy to the song.

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Artist: Theon Cross

Song: “We Go Again”

Album/EP: Single

An expansive and expressive funk-jazz tune that makes the absolute best of Theon Cross’ tuba playing, the instrumentalist crafts a bouncing and breathy tune in “We Go Again”. Syncopated Caribbean carnival rhythms, deep rumbling brass, and a collection of mysterious samples and fleeting sonic features really round out the enveloping landscape of this single.

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Artist: Crack The Sky

Song: “The Box”

Album/EP: Between The Cracks

After a 40+ year career you’re bound to have some tracks and ideas left on the cutting room floor, and “The Box” is one of Crack The Sky’s creations that is resurfaced by the Weirton prog group’s latest release. Angular guitars, preoccupying drums, and deliciously fragmentary melodic lines meld in this trippy and unashamedly overwhelming tune.

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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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