Artist: Christine and the Queens
Song: “Doesn’t matter”
Enchanting and entrancing pop that roots itself in a stubbornly consistent rhythm section and lyrical content questioning a higher power, “Doesn’t matter” is as captivating as it is perpetual. Chorus, verse, and bridge melt together in a brooding statement that stays bold and interesting throughout.
Artist: East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Song: “Dog FM”
It may take a couple minutes to warm up, but once “Dog FM” gets rolling its deluge of expressive pain and sonic uncertainty hit hard and fast. Dissonant guitars, haunting wails, and a generally disconcerting performance coalesce into a curious broken for the broken sort of product. The band comes off as wholly dissatisfied with like, life in general – and it makes for great music.
Artist: Mother Mink
Absurdist electropop with a retro-futuristic exotic flare, Mother Mink’s “Coconut” is one of those elusive hidden gems that comes through the Inbox every so often. Sitting at 16 views at time of writing, this catchy, strange, surreal, memorable tune from the Stockholm duo defies expectations. Unless you expected the song to include bombastic synth samples and lyrics about T-rex arms, of course.
Artist: Leland and the Silver Wells
Song: “We Dissolve”
Album/EP: Leland and the Silver Wells
Lush and luxurious mid-tempo indie rock with a touch of pop/songwriter mystique, “We Dissolve” is a peaceful and expressive tune with an engrossing approach. Choral vocals, waxy marimbas, and a glossy thematic shift in the bridge swirl together into an ethereal experience.
Watch/Listen: At Imperfect Fifth, because this track is currently only available through their premiere.
Artist: Living With Lions
Song: “Tidal Wave”
Bright and energetic alt rock with a heavy mid-2000s pop/emo/punk sound, Vancouver’s Living With Lions inject fresh adrenaline into a mostly stagnant scene with “Tidal Wave”. Everything you may remember about Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, and All Time Low are here: gang vocals, pounding kick drum, careening riffs, and dark yet optimistic tones abound.