New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Nov 11, 2019): Philip Brooks, Greyson Chance, Macseal, and more!

Artist: Philip Brooks

Song: “so long, see you someday”

Album/EP: Single

With a mellow operatic opening immediately reminiscent of Queen’s “Radio Gaga”, Philip Brooks’ single “so long, see you someday” immediately places itself in the headspace of pop greats. The soft vocals, melting instrumentals, and fluid structure may be a modern departure from the likes of Freddy Mercury’s songwriting, but take it as a positive sign of pop’s growth over the decades – while still maintaining the production of catchy earworms galore.

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Artist: Greyson Chance

Song: “Boots”

Album/EP: portraits

“Boots” is entirely built around its bass line. It’s a fact, it’s unavoidable, and it’s a good thing – that is a hell of a bass line. The layers of Greyson Chance’s latest single slip in and out as the hooky anchor barrels onward, crafting a shifting and sinewy banger of vocal overdubs and melodic doubling to compliment that riff that commands the listener’s attention immediately.

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Artist: Macseal

Song: “Lucky for Some”

Album/EP: Super Enthusiast

Oh if it isn’t post-modern rock’s favourite feeling: mixed emotions. Am I happy? Temporarily pleased? Nostalgic? Falling apart? Macseal’s “Lucky for Some” sounds exactly like these questions – vaguely melancholic, sonically uplifting, and inadvertently draining. Emo in the 2010s wore a thinly-veiled prog/pop/alt disguised, and Macseal executes on that balance perfectly.

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Artist: Marcaux

Song: “Cedar Creek”

Album/EP: Single

A minimalistic, vulnerable alt hip-hop confessional that pulls deeply from personal trauma and triumph, “Cedar Creek” is a standout single from Long Island native Marcaux. Subtle string samples, revelatory use of silence and space, and a laid-bare vocal delivery make for an impactful story in song.

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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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