New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (July 06, 2020): John Carpenter, Ben Kweller, New Found Glory, and more!

Artist: John Carpenter

Song: “Skeleton”

Album/EP: Single

John Carpenter is back, and with a dark sci-fi adjacent synth pop banger at that. Are you surprised? Pulsating synthesizers lend their retro-futuristic stylings to the tune’s heartbeat tempo, with daunting melodic guitar and enchanting layers of backing keys building up an epically gargantuan atmosphere. “Skeleton” feels like it could fit right into any one of Carpenter’s unnerving film classics – or as the soundtrack to the most bitching haunted house this Halloween.

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Artist: Ben Kweller

Song: “American Cigarettes”

Album/EP: Single

Considering the lyrical content addressing the great ole USA’s divisiveness as of the last 4 years or so, “American Cigarettes” is a universally appealing ballad from Ben Kweller. Blending some of the best elements of Americana, folk rock, and alternative, Kweller’s wide-eyed and unapologetically optimistic vocal delivery is well-suited atop laid-back riffs, campfire acoustic structure, and just-energetic-enough call-and-response communal moments of acceptance.

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Artist: New Found Glory

Song: “Stay Awhile”

Album/EP: Forever + Ever x Infinity

Hello, it’s the late 90s calling. Remember inflatable furniture, and Tamagotchis? Still got that Walkman your mom got you for Christmas from HMV? Well guess what – the snotty vocals, crisp guitars, gang scream-alongs, and moody mid-song acoustic breakdowns haven’t gone anywhere. New Found Glory has just been keeping them warm for the past… twenty-ish years!

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Artist: ECHOBATS

Song: “Save Me From Loving You”

Album/EP: Single

This sunny revival tune is quite the juicy burst of 70s Brit pop, and maybe not from the folks you’d expect! Supergroup ECHOBATS – featuring members of TNT, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Mr. Big, and Night Ranger – present a spiffy, endearing bop along in this endearing summer number. Immensely catchy choruses, grinning guitar solos, and a splashy rhythm section make for an easy-to-love bright offering.

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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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