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Published on June 17th, 2019 | by Mathew Kahansky

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New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (June 17, 2019): DIY HIFI, Generationals, Teenage Cavegirl, and more!

Artist: DIY HIFI

Song: “Half Hearted”

Album/EP: DIY HIFI

Sunshiney indie labelled as electronic but playing more like a breezy alt rock bop, “Half Hearted” is a strong release from debut Vancouverites DIY HIFI (maybe the least-Googleable band name out there). Stringy, high register synths frolic atop loose drums, grooving bass, and a subtle-yet-critical bongo-like feature that adds to the tune’s casual, refreshing vibe.

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Artist: Generationals

Song: “Breaking Your Silence”

Album/EP: Reader As Detective

Exuberant and busy choruses wrapped within low-key, walking-pace verses built squarely upon filling hooks makes for an interesting exciting/chill back and forth on “Breaking Your Silence”. Frantic drum fills especially add to the excitement as the tune reaches its conclusion, but the quiet moments with their plucked rhythms and observational vocals are just as enjoyable.

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Artist: Teenage Cavegirl

Song: “Space Girl”

Album/EP: Candy Cigarettes

It’s simple. It’s short. It’s brave, in that it’s got a clean guitar tone and minimalistic drums that leave the songwriting exposed amongst its bare instrumentals. But above all else, it’s fun – like a stripped-down White Stripes combo that chased after grunge instead of garage rock. Surely you’ve got 105 seconds to spare?

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Artist: The Family Daptone

Song: “Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)”

Album/EP: 100th 45

Here’s an interesting one: as a celebration of Daptone Records’ 100th 45rpm release, a supergroup of Daptone greats including Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, James Hunter, Lee Fields, and many more collaborated as a super group to release this tune. With that kind of soul pedigree, you know exactly what to expect with “Hey Brother” – immeasurable vocal performances, warm and organic roots stylings, and an undeniably dancey groove meet perfectly to mark Daptone’s landmark anniversary.

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Artist: Winona Forever

Song: “Gazing”

Album/EP: FeelGood

Punchy and jazzy indie pop that is sure to get your rump bobbing, “Gazing” is an exceptional final single from the Montreal group’s upcoming FeelGood. Trebly guitars, roaming percussion, heavy-lidded vocals, and a deceptively loose performance strikes the perfect chord between spaced-out relaxing and engaging, danceable fun.

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Artist: Scattered Clouds

Song: “La politique, concours pseudo-érotique”

Album/EP: Take Away Your Summer

Steamy, mysterious alt pop with a flair for the attractively unnerving, “La politique” is quite the intriguing single. The language barrier certainly adds to the allure (whatever eroticism could they be singing about?) as do cagey synths, a restrained rhythm section, and those damn half-whispered lyrics.

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About the Author

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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