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July 2015
The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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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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