Artist: Lehmann B. Smith
Song: “Thus Must Rust”
Album/EP: Poplar Music
Trancy haze rock with a guitar that makes itself surprisingly scarce and a chant that sticks to the inside of your eardrum, “Thus Must Rust” is one of the most intriguingly eclectic non-catchy catchy tunes you’ll hear. It’s tough to predict where the instrumentals or songwriting will go, flitting between fleeting tropes that slip away right as familiarity sets in. Good thing it’s worth extra listens!
Artist: Husky Loops
Song: “When I Come Home”
Normally, live videos aren’t considered for the Inbox. But rules are made to be broken, and “When I Come Home” is worth breaking the rules for. A low-key indie lounger built around weaving guitar arpeggios, breathy lyrics, and light touches of minimalistic droning, the shoegazey effect is all the more pronounced in Husky Loops’ live rendition. Steady as it goes, without going anywhere too fast.
Song: “She Ain’t Gotta Do Much”
The sample makes this song, hands down. Fat old-school walking bass and that quintessential 90s hip-hop whoop instantly turn Classified’s latest into a comfortably classic nostalgia trip. The lush bridges and self-effacing lyrics are the only giveaways of modern production, but really how subtle can a verse be when it’s discussing the woes of getting older. Don’t think about it – back to the 90s it is.
Album/EP: Sugar & Spice
Bright and expansive indie pop that bursts outward with layered instrumentals and an over-the-top atmospheric glow, “Sleep” is the kind of dreamy head-filling tune that stays with you. Sort of gives off a CVRCHES vibe, if their music had been conceived during an 80s movie montage instead.
Artist: Old Caltone
Song: “Mr. D”
Album/EP: Final Horror
This one is going to take some explaining. Final Horror is a concept-ish mixtape that’s meant to sort of be like a horror movie soundtrack, except that horror movie is more of a bar crawl with Count Dracula that happens to include some time travel as well. Yeah. All that to say: this tune sounds like the early 2000s club night that plays during the character driven montage where you get to know the Count and relate a bit more, but to keep you on your toes it throws you to scenes in the mid 80s as well. Right? Right. You’ll have to hear it to believe it.