New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Aug 14, 2018): Jack Drag, Phantastic Ferniture, Sonny Falls, and more!

Artist: Jack Drag

Song: “Hope Revisited”

Album/EP: 2018

Dynamic and building folk with a heavy and appreciated futuristic synth sci-fi twist, “Hope Revisited” cleverly spins what could’ve easily been a gimmicky tune into an effective opus. Not quite a three-act story but still somewhat epic in its own right, this single does a fantastic job of building interest in what hopefully will be a great album.

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Artist: Phantastic Ferniture

Song: “Dark Corner Dance Floor”

Album/EP: Phantastic Ferniture

Smouldering alt pop with a wicked edge and presented with a sly grin, “Dark Corner Dance Floor” manages to maintain an ominous sinful vibe yet still feel welcoming and alluring. Exotic vocals, trance-like guitars, and a heavy does of reverb help flesh out this siren’s song.

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Artist: Sonny Falls

Song: “Flies”

Album/EP: Some Kind of Spectre

Tinny and trebly alt rock with a melancholic streak and finely accented by the odd brass or string instrument, “Flies” is the kind of reflective tune late-summer soundtracks relish. The approach of cold deserves a grandiose yet bittersweet farewell, and the Some Kind of Spectre single nails it.

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Artist: Clairo and SG Lewis

Song: “Better”

Album/EP: Single

Modern synth-funk full of wubbly effects and accompanied by smokey-yet-saccharine vocals, Clairo and SG Lewis’ collaboration scratches an 80s retro-futurism vibe with “Better”. Is this what bedroom pop would’ve sounded like back in the day of neon and vogue?

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Artist: Sextile

Song: “Paradox”

Album/EP: 3

Industrial post-disco with a pre-post-punk tinge (does that make sense? It does in my head) and a confounding hook that is simultaneously grating and infectious, “Paradox” lives up to its own name. Why isn’t this annoying? Why is this unapologetic late-electronic-production tune so catchy? Why does 8 bit work so well in it? Blame the synths and your brains, but keep dancing!

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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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