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.
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.
Artist: Theon Cross
Song: “We Go Again”
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.
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.