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PREMIERE: Wonka Vision - "Application"

Back in April of last year, the eclectic and commanding jazz heads of Echo Pearl Varsity won our Artist of the Month poll, a designation given to those local acts that sit high and esteemed in the hearts of local music appreciators. The jazz-fusion post-rock hybrid group is led by principle songwriter Sam Luna, who has momentarily shifted his focus onto his solo endeavors, recorded under the moniker Wonka Vision. Presently, much won't be found online, but that's why we're pleased to share the premiere song and video from Wonka Vision's debut solo album, titled "Application."

Luna directed, edited and starred in the sci-fi Netflix series Black Mirror-inspired video, based on the overuse of internet and cellphones, and how digital technology is essentially numbing society. "[Cellphones are] disrupting our daily lives, taking up useful hours and all together just rotting our brains," says Luna. "Through the digital world we refrain from human experiences, which cause us to be less social, more self-conscious and more depressed."

The ending of the video goes further to display this point, with one of characters caring more about her online persona than reality, which is how Luna feels most people are in the current age. He even titled the whole DIY album, which is due out February 23, as White Mirror.

Numb out to "Application" below and be on the lookout for the White Mirror drop later this month.

Veda Rays host Tuesday residency at Sunnyvale in February

Since premiering their first new track since 2014 here on the Deli this past September, Brooklyn's Veda Rays have been hard at work.  They released five song Shadow Side EP in November, as well as a second video for “False Coloured Eyes” (streaming below). In the video, the band is shown playing via a four way split screen, while lead vocalist James delivers his dramatic lyrical recitation through full screen edits.   The track hearkens back to the darker side of '80s second wave of post punk British bands, where synths and guitars merge with dark sounding, almost ominous vocals. The band will host a four night residency every Tuesday in February at Sunnyvale, where all the shows are completely free and feature many emerging NYC bands. In addition to the live performance the events will also feature photo & art exhibits, short film projections and spoken word performances. (photo by Julia Stibal) - Dave Cromwell

Tim Kuhl premieres single ahead of new LP, lands 5 month residency at Pete's Candy's Store

The lie “Half-Remembered” asks us to believe is that it is cinematic for its ambience and minimalism. This is not the truth. “Half-Remembered” is cinematic for its drama, its likeness to the grandeur of a big screen in a dark room. At the start of Tim Kuhl’s newest track, the second single from the Margaret Glaspy and Sean Lennon drummer’s upcoming album “Sky Valley,” the dripping piano introduces a gentle music in the lineage of film scoring. This gives way to a dark stretch of synth pop, decorated with gloomy vocals from poet Geoffrey Bankowski. It’s the second half of the song that breaks the illusion of minimalism. Kuhl orchestrates his ‘80s instrumentals to a fiery crescendo fueled by post-rock and all the epic drama of the big screen. The track owes as much to the dynamics of Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed! You Black Emperor as it does to the gothic synth pop of John Maus or The Cure. You can listen to “Half-Remembered” below and pre-order “Sky Valley,” due February 23rd, here. Kuhl will perform a string of shows at Pete’s Candy Store as part of an extended five-month residency beginning February 17th. – Cameron Carr, photo by Nathan West

New Palm LP Available for Streaming

Ahead of its February 9th release date via Carpark Records, Rock Island, the sophomore album from Palm, is now available for streaming, courtesy of NPR’s First Listen. The band playfully experiments with traditional sonic structures, often spinning expectations on their head. Establishing a melodic ease and accessibility and then abruptly shifting gears, that controlled, chaos approach makes one envision some mastermind (i.e. Willy Wonka or the great and wonderful Oz) is calling the shots and pulling the levers behind the curtain. On Monday, March 26, Palm will be seting up shop at First Unitarian Church, supported by The Spirit of The Beehive and Old Maybe.

Eric Benoit celebrates release show of "Heartrender" LP tonight at Pianos

Eric Benoit's sophomore album Heartrender consists in seven tracks of emotional journeying through a tortured relationship. Beginning in 2014 with his bold album College, Benoit has melted his soul into roaring lyrical anthems with the arrangements of haunting electronic soundscapes. His second release builds upon the work of his debut, exploring themes of trauma and unresolved pain with explosive lyrics such as "Fucking is a disease/Procreation is incest". Benoit will mark the album's release with a show at Pianos on Saturday, January 27th. You can stream two tracks out of Heartrender below. - Will Sisskind

Dragonflies by Eric Benoit on VEVO.


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