New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Sep 19, 2017): Mise en Scene, Bootblacks, False Advertising, and more!

Artist: Mise en Scene

Song: “Waster”

Album/EP: Still Life On Fire

Light, bopping indie with a hint of snarl and scorn, “Waster” is an easy one to stick around for. A biting beat and some catchy, trebly riffs (with added flair on the bells!) keeps everything light and fresh.

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Artist: Bootblacks

Song: “Hold & Dissolve”

Album/EP: Fragments

Rife with movement and tension, “Hold & Dissolve” feels like a gothic fusion of Nine Inch Nails and The Cure. Disjoined instrumentals, constant reverb, haunting vocals, and the constant spectre of guitar whines present an appealingly twitchy ride.

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Artist: False Advertising

Song: “Hey You”

Album/EP: Single

Dripping with disdain and dissatisfaction, this Manchester-based trio nails the angst that crusty 90s-era alternative carved into the scene. Vaguely unhinged and collectively cross, there’s a lilt in the opening vocals that propels the song through its deceptively snappy runtime.

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Artist: PEP

Song: “RUN”

Album/EP: Single

If you were to distill the big band arrangements of 50s pop into a glitzy 80s girl group feel, this is what I imagine it would sound like. Heavily focusing on grand vocals and an all-together approach to choruses and harmonies, “RUN” presents a catchy levity above all else.

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Artist: XamVolo

Song: “Feels Good”

Album/EP: Single

Supremely jazzy sampling sets the tone straight off the bat for this slick R&B track. Slapping funk bass, brass-filled hooks, and ambitious vocal parts all contribute to a production feel that harkens to decades past, but still keeps you jamming in your seat.

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Artist: Jordan Klassen

Song: “Housefly”

Album/EP: Big Intruder

Something about this track really grabs you. Maybe it’s the Stranger Things-esque underlying synth, or the Eastern solo, or the swelling strings – one way or another, “Housefly” can’t help but buzz in your head more than the average folk 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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