New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Oct 25, 2021): Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Ryan Montbleau, Super American, 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: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Song: “Vortex”

Album/EP: B-Sides & Rarities Part II

Melancholic, swelling, and affecting balladic rock – what else would you expect from unearthed Nick Cave? “Vortex” hits all the hallmarks in broodingly grandiose style: bittersweet call and response vocals, strings lovingly underpinning the instrumentals, and a weeping, biting guitar solo tying up the emotional climax of the tune makes for a classic Bad Seeds experience.

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Artist: Ryan Montbleau

Song: “Tonight’s Captain”

Album/EP: Water

Caressing slide guitar, light and bouncy rhythm in the drums and bass, and an embracingly warm vocal performance – whimsical syllabic scat breaks included! – make for a cozy listen from singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau. “Tonight’s Captain” invites you to lay all your troubles at its feet, and it does a fantastic job of helming a sonically healing journey during its turn. I’m really getting sweater-weather John Mayer vibes from this one.

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Artist: Super American

Song: “relax and float downstream”

Album/EP: SUP

Blistering pop-punk that squeezes an astonishing amount of mileage out of three chords and one riff, Super American careens through its nihilistic “relax and float downstream” with rapid-fire back and forth atonal vocals and incessant hammering on every single instrument. This tune truly blows by and is rife for repeated listening – thrice feels like the right benchmark.

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Artist: Blooy

Song: “School Is Out”

Album/EP: Single

Did you know that it’s recommended to leave quiet, calm music playing in the background when leaving pets at home alone? It can help break up the monotony and reduce anxiety and stress, and even make the wait feel shorter! Blooy’s “School Is Out” is a great place to start – this lo-fi tune hits all the right notes with peaceful piano, airy brass, chirping key stings, and snap-crackle-pop percussion.

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Artist: The Ramona Flowers

Song: “Up All Night” ft. Nile Rodgers

Album/EP: Single

Huge disco-dance vibes abound in “Up All Night”. Splashy cymbals, sharply syncopated riffs, and an absolute wealth of string stings and choral vocal harmonics make for glitzy and glamorous listen.

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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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