New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (June 14, 2021): Jordan Lehning, As Time Fades, TWICE, and more!

Artist: Jordan Lehning

Song: “No Memories Barred”

Album/EP: Three

Angular and jaunty pop with plenty of sawtoothy synths and nostalgic, hectic drum-machine. Lehning says he’s been sitting on some of these songs for a decade, and the patience in letting this catchy, danceable tune percolate and mature is laudable.

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Artist: As Time Fades

Song: “Marionette”

Album/EP: Trust Fall

Sitting at a nebulous triple point of modern emo (a la Modern Baseball), pop-punk (think Blink-182) and old school goth alternative (My Chemical Romance comes to mind) sits the memorable “Marionette” by As Time Fades. Huge stadium-filling drums, wordy and oh-so-beautifully whiny vocals, and busy guitar melodics all tie together wonderfully.

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Artist: TWICE

Song: “Alcohol-Free”

Album/EP: Taste of Love

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you threw together bossa nova and Kpop, just to see what happened? Well TWICE beat you to it – blisteringly bright production, a confluence of vocal contributions, and that characteristically indolent bossa nova rhythmic influence are tied up in a shimmering bow in “Alcohol-Free”.

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Artist: Ruben Young

Song: “TNT” feat. Buddy

Album/EP: Single

Soul-pop dripping with confidence and a groovy bopping instrumental (featuring brass by Busty and the Bass!) that does not quit, “TNT” wants to blow the listener just the right amount of away. Measured vocals from Young layer in an anchor of restraint to help keep this tune cool and head-bobbing.

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Artist: Andrea von Kampen

Song: “Water Flowing Downward”

Album/EP: That Spell

Aptly named, the flowing and gentle perpetual movement in singer-songwriter Andrea von Kampen’s “Water Flowing Downward” takes care in carrying its floating listener to the song’s completion. von Kampen’s blissful singing, sustained strings, and soft appearances from keyboard and piano alike make for a buoyant and radiant listening experience.

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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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