New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Oct 7, 2019): Anti-Flag, Steve Mason, The Brook & The Bluff, and more!

Artist: Anti-Flag

Song: “Christian Nationalist”

Album/EP: Single

Remember when we were told after the 2016 election that some solid protest punk was on the horizon? This is exactly what they were talking about. Full of piss, vinegar, and gang vocals galore, “Christian Nationalist” is exactly the energized political takedown to expect from the storied Anti-Flag.

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Artist: Steve Mason

Song: “Like A Ripple”

Album/EP: Coup d’état

A bubbling, broiling vat of uneasy bass and industrial tones plays across the surface of “Like A Ripple”. This mature dance punk takes its time developing and unfolding over the course of its five minute runtime, leaving no pauses but avoiding any rush despite its pulsing pace.

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Artist: The Brook & The Bluff

Song: “Everything Is Just a Mess”

Album/EP: First Place

Warm and enveloping with a soulful depth that demands attention, “Everything Is Just a Mess” is a generously mellow offering from The Brook & The Bluff. The smooth clarity of the vocals lay perfectly within the instrumental’s folds, which are especially elevated by the delicate keyboard and guitar interplay.

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Artist: Joseph Arthur

Song: “Mayor of the Lower Eastside”

Album/EP: Come Back World

Joseph Arthur has golden vocal cords. Of course, the rest of the song is beautiful, too – layering guitars, choral backings, and folksy stylings make for a gorgeous listen – but it’s Arthur’s laconic, heartbreaking gravel tones that make this tune a memorable one.

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Artist: El Freaky

Song: “Danser”

Album/EP: Single

Not a typical inclusion for the Inbox, but what can I say…I’m a sucker for this bass. “Danser” is an easy dancehall DJ favourite, and it’s plain to see why – that incessant backing track, no matter how simple, is what hits are made of. Not to mention the syncopated percussion and catchy syllabic vocals, too – it’s a no frills bop. Easy as that.

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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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