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April 2016
Ghost King
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Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

 
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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


ELEL gets pumped up with "Animal," see them May 21 at East Nash Crawfish Bash

Known mostly for their sweet as hell bootyshakin' party anthems, "Animal" shows off a far more in-your-face side of ELEL. Yet another diamond from the minds of this 7-or-so member collective, a group of songwriting animals themselves, this track holds to band's roots in grandiose love bangers but adds a pumped-up element that'll make you want to find your troubles and kick them right over the moon.

If you happen to fall in the Venn diagram overlap of "people who like crawfish boils" and "people who don't mind cutting a rug or two," you can catch ELEL at the East Nashville Crawfish Bash (5.21) with tons of other killer bands, beer from Yazoo, and did we mention it's a crawfish boil? -Austin Phy

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Maddie Medley releases dark, beautiful "Garland EP"

Good folk music must be one of those "you know it when you hear it" things. There's sure no set criteria. Is it the lyrics, the music, the mood? One thing is certain—you'll know you're hearing it when you listen to Maddie Medley's Garland EP. It's is an all-too-short collection of barebones folk tunes, no bells or whistles in sight. Despite her low, resonant voice and the melancholy throughout (you can only be so peppy when discussing the life of Judy Garland), Medley's register remains agile and bouncy. Check out the stream below. -Austin Phy

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Caleb Groh has a little something for everyone on "Ocelot"

Ocelot by Caleb Groh is the kind of music you forget you love because not enough people are doing anything similar. There's the smooth electronic current that runs through the entire album, but Groh knows when to break convention a la the out-there folk leanings of revered freakpop headmaster Karl Blau. There's a delicate balance of being too weird for to be accesible and too vanilla to be memorable, and Ocelot confidently establishes a space for itself in the sweet spot between. -Austin Phy

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Cheat Aqua is all about low-key harmony on self-titled EP

The self-titled debut EP by Cheat Aqua is a collection of brooding, sentimental pieces recorded by a one-man band (plus drum machine) and brought to life by the wonders of tape and its warm lo-fi resonance. Not one to leave a quarter of his four track recorder unloved, Cheat Aqua's main man Vaughn Walters fills out the sonic space with more harmonies than a Thin Lizzy guitar solo made sentient covering early Iron & Wine. The EP a wistful little gem, and we'd recommend you check it out on a cool, still night of your choosing. -Austin Phy

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