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New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Mar 27, 2023): Your ex and I, Terry Emm, Boy Bleach, and more!

Every week, we’re sent dozens if not hundreds of promotional emails from agents, PR firms, and hopeful artists containing the latest releases from around the world. From the biggest superstars to the ambitious self-starters we comb through it all to highlight to you what we’ve been digging, the tunes that caught our eye, and the recommended selections that make the notifications worth it. This is New Music From The Inbox! (Short on time? Listen to this article in playlist form!)

Artist: Your ex and I

Song: ‘Heartbreaker by Design’

Album/EP: Your ex and I

Smouldering rock pouring straight from a betrayed lover’s heart, Your ex and I carry all of the dark panache of AM-era Arctic Monkeys in the tight verses of ‘Heartbreaker by Design’. Irked, sharp choruses and reverb-heavy guitar melodies lend some mystery and indignation as the lyrics untangle a web of lies, carrying out some of the steps of grief in sonic form.

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Artist: Terry Emm

Song: ‘Island Soul’

Album/EP: Wish You Were Here

A light shuffling calypso beat, breathy vocals with congenial hums, and gently strummed chords build a charming oasis on Terry Emm’s ‘Island Soul’. Emm and guest vocalist Maz O’Connor share an endearing duet amongst the lapping, lovely, lazy instrumentals – you can practically picture the sun-soaked beach already.

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Artist: Boy Bleach

Song: ‘Daylight Robbery’

Album/EP: Single

Incisive alt rock with heavy streaks of new-wave, post punk, and even a touch of industrial – perfect for a fed-up working man’s protest track! Londoners Boy Bleach decry the modern political landscape with angsty energetic sneers like only young artists could, hammering out a cacophonously layered performance with any noisemaker at hand.

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Artist: Downtown Patriots

Song: ‘Said and Done’

Album/EP: Dance out of the Dark

Taking the careening and anxious approach to a breakup song, Downtown Patriots alternately wallow and scrape at the bright side in ‘Said and Done’. Thin and flailing guitar tones blossom into belting choruses before shrinking into a striking uncertainty again, matching the song’s narrative give and take. Keep an ear out for the grunge influences, particularly when the Dance out of the Dark single builds into its climactic mic drop.

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Artist: Em & Dzeej

Song: ‘Like Her Before’

Album/EP: Em & Dzeej

Em & Dzeej tap into a gripping energy despite their curiously simplistic composition in ‘Like Her Before’. No-frills instrumentation and songwriting lay a pretty basic power chord base that leaves plenty of focus on duetted vocals and a steadily building collection of outbursts. It’s almost like an experimental drone song had all of its elements lifted and transcribed into a poppy college rock form.

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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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