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January 2015
Bonsai
"self titled EP
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
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NEXT FRIDAY: The Deli's BK Bazaar show with Emily Wells, Devin, Swear & Shake and Live Footage

NEXT FRIDAY: The Deli's BK Bazaar show with Emily Wells, Devin, Swear & Shake and Live Footage

Mark your calendar folks! On December 7th, The Deli is presenting a night of music at Brooklyn Bazar, a free event inspired by night markets across Asia.

Headlining the show at 11pm will be talented Texan turned Newyorker Emily Wells, who has taken the concept of modern one-(wo)man-band to new heights: this young lady uses electronic looping devices and other effects to construct ethereal tunes which blend elements of folk, hip hop, orchestral and post-rock. Most important, she knows how to replicate them live through a dynamic live performance that sees her alternate through a noteworthy number of instruments, including violin, drums, glockenspiel, guitar and banjo. Her remarkable voice and beautiful, melancholic melodies glue these sonic constructions together and bring them to life. Check out her latest album Mama here.

At 10 pm, stylish crooner Devin will bring some fun to the crowd with some quality Rock'n'Roll. This is a guy who has the material and the flair to stand up to the haunting presence of the Big Apple's legends of the genre. Like a more handsome Elvis Costello from his rocking period, Devin threads a rockabilly sound with quality songwriting and an image that's at once edgy and reassuring. His performance at BK Bazar is definitely going to get some bodies moving - stream his new album here.

Fans of folk music will not want to miss Swear and Shake's performance at 9pm. This is a Brooklyn band that charmed us inside out at our Rootsy CMJ Stage this past October. Their feel good, quality alt-country is greatly enhanced by Kari Spieler's adorable stage presence, which includes (among other things) a stunning voice, lots of smiling, and natural curls to kill for. All things that surely helped Sheryl Crow become the pop icon we all know by the way...

NYC experinstrumental  duo Live Footage - featuring also headliner Emily Wells as a guest on violin - will be opening the festivities at 8pm with their pleasant post-orchestral tracks, quite incredibly forged only using drums, a cello and a bunch of guitar pedal effects connected to the 4 string instrument. No wonder Emily Wells is into it!

Brooklyn Bazar is a free event that spreads through 4 weekends from November 23 to December 22. More info about the other nights can be found here.

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