New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (June 15, 2020): Lakes, GUM, Liza Anne, and more!

Artist: Lakes

Song: “Kids” feat. Dan Lambton

Album/EP: This World Of Ours, It Came Apart

Glowing shoegaze with movement and sunshine to spare, Lakes’ “Kids” is the wide-eyed romp you’d expect with that kind of title. Except with a heavy dash of developed emo that swells and falters on the strong shoulders of heart wrenching vocal performances and cracking instrumental features.

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Artist: GUM

Song: “Airwalkin'”

Album/EP: Out In The World

Juicy bass and slapping sawtooth synths lend a fat beat to GUM’s groovy single. Overlapping samples clamouring over each other for air leads to a retro-futuristic vision of funk with a touch of claustrophobic sonic calamity. But, you know, the good kind that makes you want to listen again to catch all the details.

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Artist: Liza Anne

Song: “I Wanna Be There”

Album/EP: Single

Breezy and bright dream pop that feels like it was pulled straight from a quirky wallflower’s idle daydream – or an end credit roll from Wes Anderson. Crystalline vocals and chipper acoustic strumming especially anchor the tune’s shifting tones and cutesy instrumental features.

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Artist: Silver Clouds

Song: “Minor Hesitation”

Album/EP: Silver Clouds

Barbershop harmonies rub up against melancholic leads and gorged guitars in this clashing yet catchy rock tune from Winnipeg newcomers Silver Clouds. There exists a satisfactory displeasure within this tune as it explores its seemingly dark blossoming, its emergence from a black pool of past hurt into something more welcoming.

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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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