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April 2016
Ghost King
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Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

 
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Lily & The Parlour Tricks releases new single "Belle Gunness"

Lily & The Parlour Tricks releases new single "Belle Gunness"

Starting a band is one of the easiest things in the world - but making it work, keeping at it, and forging material that's consistently good is gargantuan challenge. This is why a track like Lily & The Parlour Trick's "Belle Gunness" (streaming below) should be cause for celebration. We've been following Lily's musical adventures for quite some time - the band actually released an EP at one of our 2011 CMJ shows - and this tense, stomping, electric gospel definitely takes things to the next level through a new found sonic boldness. Wow, at this very moment the thought of Lily & the Parlour Tricks becoming some kind of female version of Nick Cave $ The Bad Seeds - or a darker version of Lucius -  is blowing our minds! And congrats to the band for getting this song placed in a BMW commercial!

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Alt Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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