New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Sep 20, 2021): Shuko, Lee Fields, and Nia Wyn, Lightleak, Snail Mail, 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: Shuko, Lee Fields, and Nia Wyn

Song: “Nothing’s Gonna Change”

Album/EP: Single

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.

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Artist: Lightleak

Song: “B.I.D.S.I.U.”

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.

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Artist: Snail Mail

Song: “Valentine”

Album/EP: Valentine

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.

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Artist: Mums Favourite

Song: “Primrose”

Album/EP: Single

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.

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Artist: half•alive

Song: “Make of It”

Album/EP: Single

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.

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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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