New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Nov 15, 2021): Cast of Witness Uganda (An American Musical), Royal Castles, Cat Dowling, 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!

Artist: Cast of Witness Uganda (An American Musical)

Song: “Bricks”

Album/EP: Single

The lead single from upcoming Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould musical ‘Witness Uganda – An American Musical’, “Bricks” is an exciting taste of what’s to come from the theatrical production. The provocative spoken-word intro, infectiously upbeat percussion, and searing ensemble vocal performance construct an enticing and engaging danceable worldly tune. Hints of ripping guitar and pulsing keys peek out amidst the constant syncopated drumming to lend some contemporary flavour as well. Keep an ear out for more!

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Artist: Royal Castles

Song: “Schönsee”

Album/EP: Just The Hits

Royal Castles keep it minimal when describing the new single “Schönsee” – the YouTube description simply reads ‘An electric lullaby’, and who are we to disagree? Saccharine English- and German-language vocals from singer Katrin Sawatzky nestle amongst jangling guitars, youthful bells, and a simultaneously calming-yet-stirring bah-bah syllabic refrain to produce an entrancing little indie-rock tune.

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Artist: Cat Dowling

Song: “Animals”

Album/EP: Animals

Shifting and simmering singer-songwriter-infused pop stretches and sears in Dublin-based Cat Dowling’s “Animals”, from the recent LP of the same name. Thrumming orchestral strings, plucky acoustic guitar, and Dowling’s enchanting vocals simmer and bubble before boiling over into an exuberant rollicking climax – quite the payoff after such an affecting approach in the building run-up.

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Artist: Move Like Creatures

Song: “Mind Reader”

Album/EP: Single

Shimmering funk-inspired guitars and vivacious vocals from frontwoman Nancy Bombard add to the significant head-bopping nature of Move Like Creatures’ debut single “Mind Reader”. Mix in some driving bass and an effervescent production tone and you’ve got yourself a cracking, catchy little ditty from the brand-new SoCal quartet.

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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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