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July 2016
Big Thief
"Masterpiece
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Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

 
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Frances Rose is The Deli Readers' Best NYC Emerging Artist of 2012

Frances Rose is The Deli Readers' Best NYC Emerging Artist of 2012

NYC Deli Readers,

The Deli NYC's Best of 2012 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Congrats to electro pop ladies Frances Rose (pictured and streaming) for being The Deli Readers' Best Emerging NYC Artist of 2012!

Kudos also to alt rockers Apollo Run and folk-poppers Julian Fulton & the Zombie Gospel who placed second and third.

Here's this poll's top 15 chart, full results can be found here. We'll soon celebrate the artists that won the genre polls.

BEST OF NYC 2012 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Frances Rose
911
2
Apollo Run
818
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3
Julian Fulton & the Zombie Gospel
563
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4
The Henry Millers
367
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5
Chron Turbine
332
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6
Ludwig Persik
293
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7
Napoleon
259
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8
Sorcha Richardson
250
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9
Great Elk
218
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10
Melissa Czarnik
198
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11
Modern Rivals
178
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12
The Priggs
161
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13
Clementine & The Galaxy
156
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14
Eastern Hollows
145
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Lora Faye
145
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MOST IMPORTANTLY THOUGH! Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging NYC Artist of 2012.

The Deli's Staff


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