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January 2015
Bonsai
"self titled EP
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
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Ludwig Persik

Ludwig Persik releases new single via White Iris

We fell in love with Ludwig Persik's psychedelic gems the very first day we heard his music - that's why his debut EP was our Record of the Month back in October 2012. The young man is currently working on a full length, while releasing the single "No Go" - streaming below - on White Iris Records (home to Best Coast and Fool's Gold amongst others).

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

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Weekly Feature: Ludwig Persik's Pianos Residency

Ludwig Persik - whose debut "2012" EP was our NYC Record of the Month last July - possesses a "transversal" charm, with the potential to capture fans of Syd Barrett's crooked and surreal compositions ("Forward Motion"), beat-addicted avant-pop a-la Beck lovers ("Willow" and "Son"), and even those who - like us - miss John Lennon's playful flirtations with circus and parade music ("On The Town," streaming below). Ludwig recently landed a residency at Pianos, if you belong to the aforementioned categories you shouldn't miss his next shows on February 20 and 27. - Read Mike Levine's Interview with Ludwig Persik here.

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Deli Best of NYC 2012 - Open Submission Results for INDIE POP

We call "Indie Pop" Pop music for the sophisticated minds. This genre achieves it's "pop" status through melodic quality and uptempo bpm, while maintaining an "indie" edge through mild sonic experimentation and careful avoidance of cliches. The bands who submitted in this genre deviate from the mainstream with their unique sound and talent.  

Total submissions in this category: 45

Artists Qualified to the Poll's Next Stage (starting soon):

1. Dalton - 8 (Out of 10)
1. Cultfever - 8
3. The Henry Millers - 7.83

Honerable Mentions (Score Above 7.16)

The Great American NovelBattle flags, BroomsRAILBIRDMiracles Of Modern ScienceThe Universal ThumpSt. LenoxHollandsRebecca BrandtDeb Oh &, the CavaliersSinem SaniyeEmanuel & The FearLudwig Persik

Jurors: Lucy Sherman (Deli Contributer), Hillary Anderson (Deli New England), QD Tran (Deli Philly)

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Deli Record of the Month: Ludwig Persik - Live at Mercury on 10.09

If you've been wondering what beat boxing soul machine Jamie Lidell has been up to, it turns out he's been teaming up with psychedelic, acid rock revivalist Ludwig Persik. Ludwig's self-titled debut EP trips through Iggy Pop and Lou Reed's New York, filled with the secret, late-night adventures you've always imagined happening across the Bowery in the '70s. And Ludwig should know, having grown up on the LES himself, this legacy permeates his slight frame. It's spirit is channeled through all five of these tunes.

From the welcome open of the Beatlesque 'Forward Motion,' to the Bowie-indebted 'On The Town,' there's a kind of staggering drunkenness to Ludwig's adventures through his city. Like he's already seen a lot of life, but can't quit now and let sleep get in the way of more story-making.

He may be rambling along throughout these jams, but 'Hallway Light' is arguably the album's most immediate destination. Looped in with a creepy, digitally distorted video, one wonders if Ludwig might be a half-cyborg invention beneath all the angst and alienation.

It’s a fascinating debut dealing with old styles, struggling to come to terms with new relationships, and trying to make sense of unfamiliar surroundings. The further along he goes, the more he leaves that past behind. As Ludwig explains in raucous album closer ‘Son,’ “I don’t want to come home… I’ll die if I have to.” See him when he plays Mercury Lounge Oct 9. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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July 2012
Ludwig Persik
"Self-Titled
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mp3

If you've been wondering what beat boxing soul machine Jamie Lidell has been up to, it turns out he's been teaming up with psychedelic, acid rock revivalist Ludwig Persik. Ludwig's self-titled debut EP trips through Iggy Pop and Lou Reed's New York, filled with the secret, late-night adventures you've always imagined happening across the Bowery in the '70s. And Ludwig should know, having grown up on the LES himself, this legacy permeates his slight frame. It's spirit is channeled through all five of these tunes.

From the welcome open of the Beatlesque 'Forward Motion,' to the Bowie-indebted 'On The Town,' there's a kind of staggering drunkenness to Ludwig's adventures through his city. Like he's already seen a lot of life, but can't quit now and let sleep get in the way of more story-making.

He may be rambling along throughout these jams, but 'Hallway Light' is arguably the album's most immediate destination. Looped in with a creepy, digitally distorted video, one wonders if Ludwig might be a half-cyborg invention beneath all the angst and alienation.

It’s a fascinating debut dealing with old styles, struggling to come to terms with new relationships, and trying to make sense of unfamiliar surroundings. The further along he goes, the more he leaves that past behind. As Ludwig explains in raucous album closer ‘Son,’ “I don’t want to come home… I’ll die if I have to.” - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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