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: Shuko, Lee Fields, and Nia Wyn
Song: “Nothing’s Gonna Change”
Big brassy instrumentals and distinctly unique vocals from featured vocalists Lee Fields and Nia Wyn bring out the soulfulness of German producer Shuko’s “Nothing’s Gonna Change”. Meaty drums and flashes of warm brilliance from the horns are joined by embracing bass, plus Fields’ belting baritone and Wyn’s bright, pinched delivery.
Album/EP: Tender Fits
Sparse and pulsing guitars pick their way between muted trumpet stings, quick vocal harmonies, and a lilting drive forward in Lightleak’s “B.I.D.S.I.U.” single. Uneven pacing and hollow, shaken vocals keep the song from ever getting too comfortable, while still providing plenty of intriguing rock to head bob along with.
Artist: Snail Mail
The long-awaited return of bedroom indie star Snail Mail sees Lindsey Jordan’s voice catch up with her mature-beyond-her-years songwriting in new tune “Valentine”. A breathy huskiness emerges amongst lush sustained keys, cyclically blowing open into full-blown rock with layered trebly guitars and receding back to shy plucking bass in the pre-chorus. Jordan’s got a way of entrancing or exciting her audience at a moment’s notice, and this release is no different.
Artist: Mums Favourite
Haunting and hollering vocals are the crown jewel of Mums Favourite’s shifting and sonorous “Primrose”. Shadowy and bluesy rock is spun by turbulent drums and sinuous guitars in this moody, atmospheric, and ever-so-slightly trippy experience. Be sure to stick around for the soaring solo in the climax of the song’s undying denouement.
Song: “Make of It”
Catchy and flowing pop that exposes a self-care lyrical theme that is supported by organic, gently thumping beats and a lifting melody, “Make of It” occupies an exciting sonic niche. Staccato syllabic vocal delivery and shimmering production lend more sensitive support to this vulnerable, inviting tune.