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New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (June 12, 2018): The Dirty Nil, Avantist, Neck Deep, and more!

Artist: The Dirty Nil

Song: “Bathed In Light”

Album/EP: Master Volume

Classic stadium-filling rock dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world, “Bathed In Light” is a raucous stomper from Dundas gear heads The Dirty Nil. Straddling the line between hard rock and punk with a healthy dollop of killer riffs, redlining guitars, and guttural screams, this new tune from upcoming album Master Volume is peak Nil. If you’re not listening to this band, start listening to this band pronto. Like, yesterday. (Full disclosure: I do occasional work for The Dirty Nil’s label, Dine Alone Records)


Artist: Avantist

Song: “this_could_be_it_”

Album/EP: Terasoma

Frantic, frenetic, blistering post-punk chaos packaged into a ripping avant-garde shakedown, south-side Chicago’s Avantist latest single hardly gives you space to breathe. Reminiscent of the industrial style of mid-2000s dance punk a la early LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, there’s just so much scrambling movement in this track that you may need a few listens to comprehend it. On the bright side, it flies through the nearly 3 minute runtime faster than its beat!


Artist: Neck Deep

Song: “Don’t Wait (ft. Sam Carter)”

Album/EP: The Peace and The Panic

Angsty new-wave alternative that also flirts with new millennium emo, the nasally vocals and screamo breakdown will feel just like a familiar teenage tantrum. Melancholy and resentment flow freely in the melodic guitar-fronted track, with just the right amount of angry pounding drums to reach that next level of nostalgia. It’s the royal ‘they’ mom, you wouldn’t understand.


Artist: The Babe Rainbow

Song: “Supermoon”

Album/EP: Double Rainbow

If it were possible for a song to be sephia-toned, The Babe Rainbow’s “Supermoon” would fit that filter to a tee. Resonant guitars, wobbly vocals, and a soft haze keep these Australian surf/psych rockers true to form in the most pleasantly wavy way imaginable. It wouldn’t even be ironic to say this tune embodies the lovely ‘hang loose’ cliche.


Artist: Dog Collective

Song: “Always On My Mind (feat. Sid Rosco)”

Album/EP: Single

Slick and airy pop from Swedish star producers Dog Collective, “Always On My Mind” is a breezy front-of-mind tune about presence and experience with the sonic expression to match. Tied together by a glitzy guitar sample and breathy vocals, the songwriter reaches for the clouds while still feeling loosely grounded. Easily a ‘rooftop patio in the early evening’ kind of track.


Artist: Charlie Looker

Song: “Ritual Fire”

Album/EP: Simple Answers

Gothic orchestral pop built around haunting tenor vocals eerily reminiscent of The Cure’s Robert Smith, this is not your typical radio-friendly pop song. Dark and ominous, “Ritual Fire” belongs in a hidden cave more than the airwaves. Incessant 808s, chamber strings, and a poetic tapestry of lyrics make Charlie Looker’s release strikingly unique and uniquely striking. Unlike anything else out there, really.


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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