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Borrisokane wins The Deli Austin Best of 2012 Readers' Poll for Emerging Artists

Deli Readers,

The Deli Austin'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 psychedelic keyboard driven quartet Borrisokane for being The Deli Readers' Best Austin Artist of 2012.

Kudos also to weird folkster hhhhhh and psych rock masters Black Books who placed second and third.

Black Books
The Couch
Residual Kid

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 DC Area Artist of 2012.

The Deli's Staff


Deli Best of Austin 2012 - Submission Results!

We've tallied the results for the Open Submissions stage of our Austin Year End Poll. Deli Editors from other scenes ranked all of the submissions, and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers/Fans Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors very soon.

Thanks to all the acts who submitted their artistry to us. Our open submissions pool was truly a celebration of Austin&rsquos musical talent and diversity.

Total submissions from the Austin Scene: 27

1. The Vliets- 7.16
3. hhhhhh- 7
6. Borrisokane- 6.8
Honorable Mentions:
Language Room (Power Pop), MEGABIG (Alt Rock), Dangeresque (Garage), Black Books (Dream Pop), Yuma (Indie Pop).

Jurors: Q.D. Tran (Deli Philadelphia), Brandi Lukas (Deli Philadelphia), Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC).

The Deli Staff

hhhhhh Ties in 2nd Place With Two Other Bands in Our Open Submissions

I wish lullabies sounded like this when I was little. hhhhhh supplies the most soothing sound while still conveying heavy emotion in its tracks. Inner-demons are being approached, which one can feel through the anguish in the vox, yet is lightened by the acoustic backdrop - provoking thought, not sadness. - Brandi Lukas


Introducing: hhhhhh

Listening to hhhhhh will immediately transport you to a cool desert night. Sadly the desert has no wi-fi. My favorite hhhhhh (which is the sound a cactus makes) track so far has to be “there there son”. It starts with a sparse but sexy Latin guitar and shakers. Straight out of the Texan desert (we don’t have deserts) the layering and orchestration of hhhhhh is simple and clever.

Not only are Latin and Texan influences mixed together, but it also draws on a plethora of American aesthetics. Elvis Presley Viva Las Vegas background vocals can be heard in concurrence with a Queens of the Stone Age desert rock feel (perhaps not as aggressive sounding, but nonetheless present; (an Acculturation wet dream)). As the EP progresses we are allowed a glimpse into each of hhhhhh’s voices, none of which seem forced or random and much like the songs themselves, each aspect of this band is neatly sewn together.


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