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Aerial East

Aerial East brings retro indie-pop to Mercury Lounge 04.05

Aerial East's indie/alt-pop is an exercise in subtlety: the Texas-born, NYC-based artist's smooth, retro instrumentation belies themes typically reserved for the most irreverant of artists. At a glance, one might think they're listening to pre-British invasion pop from the early '60s. Strings, tinkling pianos, whistling and low-key jazz drums abound on "Crazy Now," in which East quietly bemoans her own attempts at radical, if not frantic, attempts at self-transformation, which ultimately leave her no better off than where she started from. "I started smoking again/I tried out sleeping around/And when one boy didn't like me/I fell right back down/I'm crazy now." Aerial East is playing Mercury Lounge on April 5th, with The Weather Station. Listen to "Crazy Now" below! - Ethan Ames


A beautiful video/song from last year: Aerial East's "Fog"

We stumbled upon Brooklyn artist Aerial East through the listings of Hypnocraft's upcoming event at the Manhattan Inn on 12.17 (a Joni Mitchell tribute night featuring NYC artists). We immediately enjoyed the project's intimate songs, intense and sparse to the point of sounding ghostly. But were literally blown way by this video for single "FOG," where passion, madness, love, death and sex coexist in the most heart wrenching way. Check out also single "It Doesn't Matter," from earlier this year. We also just found out that she recently shared the Mercury Lounge's stage with Deli favorite, like-minded ghostly lady Okay Kaya.

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


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