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Toulouse guides soul-electronic to Communion NYC 09.05

Electronic NYC artist Toulouse can produce anything from dancey electronic tracks to mellow soulful songs like "Reach Out" (streaming), featuring his borderline stoic vocals. With a few singles to his name, the project has garnered considerable attention, landing a spot on the soundtrack of Fifty Shades Darker with "No Running From Me", a soul-themed track that features a blues-based melody fit for a vintage rock and roll scene. The artist will be playing Communion NYC 09.05. - Tafari Lemma





Charlie & The Evil Mothers head to The 5 Spot on 09.08

Charlie Shea is the mastermind behind the Nashville project Charlie & The Evil Mothers, a psych influenced indie garage rock outfit with two releases under its belt. The first is a self-titled EP that finds its home in a bluesy and experimental psychedelia. More recently, with the help of Todd Bolden on bass and Luke Fedorko on drums, Shea has released the single “Strings” (streaming below), a much more upbeat use of his signature croon. The guitar-driven track is a moody foray into the realm of fast-paced, reverb-drenched rock. Charlie & The Evil Mothers will be taking the stage next at The 5 Spot on September 8th at 9 pm. - Lilly Milman





NYC Record of the Month: Nick Llobet (Live at Sunnyvale on 09.10)

The second most important thing in rock or folk music, after the actual song, is the vocals' character. There's no need to be a great singer if you are blessed with a voice that carries that elusive quality. Nick Llobet, an upcoming solo act from the NYC area, has it, and also happens to write really good songs. With his latest EP, Where To?, released this June, he delivers four gritty but immensely charming tracks: one is purely acoustic dream-folk bliss - with not-so-dream lyrics ("Puke My Thoughts"), while others flirt with indie, lo-fi and psych influences. Title track, "Where To?" is a wandering psych-folk gem for laying on the grass, channeling Bob Dylan's spoken singing and Mac DeMarco's inventive but simple arrangements.  "Ear to Ear" borrows the loud/quite/loud production trick of the grunge bands of the '90s, but adapts it to a songwriting approach that's poetic, rather than energetic. Closer track "River" is a simple a garage-pop song you will want to dance along to live, at Nick Llobet's next show, scheduled for September 10th at Sunnyvale. Do not miss! - Allie Miller 

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





The Deli Philly's September Record of the Month: Teen Spaceship - Teen Spaceship

Released in early August, Teen Spaceship’s self-titled EP is a distinctively sincere and atmospheric throwback to 1990s bedroom pop and indie rock. Filled with fuzzed-out riffs, nostalgia-inducing chords, and moody lyricism, each cut conjures a sense of emotional urgency that brings to mind autumn nights at Danger Danger Gallery, warehouse shows, and DIY ballads of yesteryear.

Opening with “Voices,” Teen Spaceship frontman Will Kennedy grapples with the weight of isolation and anxiety through earnest confessions like “I haven’t seen the world for a week” and “I want to make myself small.” A probable successor to tracks like “Cut the Kiss” by The White Octave or “Dramamine” by Modest Mouse, this song’s strength lies in its unapologetic vulnerability. “Half a Hundred” possesses a similar transparency, most evident when Kennedy croons, “I wish you would approach me,” right before adding, “I’d have nothing to say.” This juxtaposition between desire for human closeness and a fear of intimacy or inability to fully connect with others is as relatable as it is honest. Like a more minimal riff on Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Song Against Sex” meshed with Built to Spill’s “Cleo,” “Half a Hundred” documents the inner narrative of a loner with a contemplative heart. As Kennedy declares, “I’ll have a slow day/I'll climb the steps to feel big again,” alongside crashing cymbal and swelling chords, listeners are left to consider their own methods of coping with the existential challenge of being alive.

The EP’s third offering, “Henry,” begins with the slow rise of guitar and Kennedy’s brooding vocals, which recount a conversation in the wake of a personal crisis. Here, the instrumentation heightens the tension of what is left unsaid, each lick of guitar and hissing cymbal embodies the dissonance between those alluded to throughout the song’s narrative. Perhaps the most dramatic anthem on the album, “Henry” is a memorable portrait of how language fails to fully capture the complexity of loss, love, and compassion. Befittingly, Teen Spaceship ends with “Pittsburgh,” which begins with laughter and stripped down strums of guitar. The final track is a slow but catchy meditation on finding a sense of belonging in places outside of one’s hometown. “Pittsburgh” unpretentiously pays homage to how hope can be found through candid conversations and embraces with friends. Kennedy’s diction conveys with ease the temporal yet everlasting testament to the power of community and chosen family, which is the perfect way to end this heartfelt debut.

Despite its brevity, Teen Spaceship is deeply meaningful and substantial. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself returning to this EP again and again this fall. - Dianca London





New Music Video: "Glacier" - Caracara

Summer Megalith, the forthcoming debut album from Caracara (which pairs W.C. Lindsay compatriots William Lindsay and George Legatos with Sean Gill and Carlos Pacheco-Perez of Square Peg Round Hole), will be released on September 22 via Flower Girl Records. Directed by Emily Dubin, the music video for “Glacier” captures a sense of intimacy amid performance. Momentous emotives and matriculating instrumentation build up to anthemic status, filtered through a nightly neon glow. The quartet will be celebrating the allbum's arrival with a record release show on Wednesday, September 27 at Everybody Hits, supported by So Totally, Sixteen Jackies, and Worlds Greatest Dad. (Photo by Emily Dubin)

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