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Karen Elson's Highly Anticipated Record "Double Roses"

Karen Elson recently released a single, “Call Your Name” off her upcoming album Double Roses, slated for release on April 7th and the record release show is set to be one for the history books. The album coveres some of the emotional states and self-discovery after her divorce from Jack White and includes collaborations with Father John Misty and Patrick Carney. 

-Andrew Strader





A Deli Premiere: The Dream Eaters' "Neanderthals"

The story of NYC's The Dream Eaters is an example of how muses can overthrow one's will: vocalist Jake Zavracky had given up on the business of creating and performing music altogether when he met his soon-to-be partner in crime, Elizabeth LeBaron, at a bartending gig in Brooklyn. After some initial collaboration, LeBaron and Zavracky began to make music under the rather unimaginative moniker “Jake and Elizabeth,” which was wisely changed to the current denomination just in time for the release of their (charmingly understated) 2016 self-produced debut EP, "Five Little Pills."

The duo's upcoming debut full length "We Are a Curse" is a work that marks both the creative peak and new beginning of the duo’s artistry, drawing upon experiences of the past while remaining entirely relevant to the day. Their single, “Neanderthals” (premiering below), though written by Zavracky during the Bush/Cheney administration, serves as an effective and artful jab at the current one. Its overtly angry political chorus, however, “They won’t make us crawl / They’re all Neanderthals” is undercut by a sincerer account of the helpless emotional state that toxic politics can leave us feeling trapped in: “Take your medication / Practice condemnation / Stay inside your houses now”. Two themes compete to govern the track: one of dejected submission to power and one of defiance. Drawing on the sonic influences of stock dream poppers like Beach House and The Antlers, the band adopts melancholic vocal lines to load their lyrics with an added emotional charge. Though the song’s sonic architecture is designed to shoot us into space, the lyrics bring us down to earth, mentally instilling a sense of duality, a contrast and elasticity that feels refreshing. It’s hard not to want to be a part of this band’s emergence. You can pre-order their debut album, slated for release on April, 14th or attend their upcoming shows at Halyards (4/8) or Rockwood Music Hall (5/10). - Andrew Strader 





New Track: "Ginger Tea" - Shelf Life

Scotty Leitch, a.k.a. Shelf Life, will release his latest album, Christian Coated Ethical Arena, early next week (April 3). It’s latest glimpse, “Ginger Tea,” hangs in an intimate, disenchanting space. The calm closeness of soft, cohabitating lead vocals is countered by the friction and promise of an external storm. Shelf Life is also slated to perform on Thursday, April 6 at The Pharmacy with Blue Smiley, Fond Han, and Options.





Summer Moon bring their own brand of New Wave to Rough Trade on 04.19

Summer Moon, the work of Nikolai Fraiture, is an indie rock/new wave outfit steeped in pop experimentation. The New York based musician explores guitar and percussion layering in ways that bring '80s pioneers like The Talking Heads to mind (in fact, single “With You Tonight” almost sounds like it has a guitar sample from “This Must Be The Place”). With subdued, reverb-soaked vocals, Fraiture lets the subtle production techniques speak for themselves. This project offers the energy and vitality of electronic dance music while satisfying those who crave analogue instrumentation in a musical climate increasingly devoid of it. Give their debut album, 'With You Tonight,' a listen now, go see them at Rough Trade on April 19 and check out this 360 interactive video of the single, below. - Andrew Strader

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





Electronic singer-songwriter Haux plays Baby's All Right on 04.27 + tours

Haux’s music belongs to a breed of dream-folk that knocks the air right out of your lungs. The NYC-based (via London) singer-songwriter recently released a remix package of his song “Caves,” a hushed, atmospheric composition with hints of drama and the catch and release of gingerly-built tension. We are streaming below the original version from last year's EP "All We've Known." Haux will be playing live on April 27 at Baby's All Right, and will be on tour this summer in North America and Europe. - Geena Kloeppel

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

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