New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Mar 08, 2021): Violet Island, Taken Days, Bass Race, and more!

Artist: Violet Island

Song: “Take On Me”

Album/EP: Single

Covers aren’t frequently considered for the Inbox, but sometimes one comes along so special that it can’t be ignored. Violet Island’s take on the classic A-ha hit is one of those instances: the softly pulsating keys, breathy vocals, and intimately delicate guitar melody evolve the 80s classic into a modern dreampop soundscape.

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Artist: Taken Days

Song: “How’d It Come To This”

Album/EP: Every Second

Pop punk will never die, and here’s more proof positive from Taken Days. “How’d It Come To This” holds exactly what you’d expect from late-90s-era Southern Californian pop punk: angsty and hooky vocals, hammering power chords, a searing melody, and plenty – I say again, plenty – of woah-ohs.

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Artist: Bass Race

Song: “Chasing The Sun”

Album/EP: Tender Vittles

Silken keys, liquid singing, and bubbly bass churn and melt away in LA-based Bass Race’s yacht jazz tune (is there such a genre?) “Chasing The Sun”. This song is such an exquisitely gentle, turn-your-mind-off kind of experience as its melodies whisper from a guitar and layered, smoky vocals.

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Artist: Virgin Minds

Song: “Endless Bullshit (PUR100 Edit)”

Album/EP: Single

Edgy and fidgeting dance with an affinity for sawtoothy synths and affected vocals, “Endless Bullshit” is a spacey and sizzling edit from PUR100, one half of Virgin Minds. Tuned for a busy club floor, the energy and BPM both stay high in this one.

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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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