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Wilder Maker flout songwriting traditions on "Infinite Shift / Black Wood Shrine"

NYC alternative group Wilder Maker occupy the liminal space between singer-songwriter and experimental pop, with new EP Infinite Shift / Black Wood Shrine a nice, bow-ribboned encapsulation of their penchant for ear worm songwriting and eclectic experimentation. A-side “Infinite Shift” was built around a “teenage sense of yearning,” its source material surrounding the experience of being drunk in New York City; as such, its upbeat melodic guitar arpeggios and understated percussive backbone give the track a sense of youthful forward movement, offset by the rambling, sometimes gritty vox of singer Gabriel Birnbaum. Likewise, b-side “Black Wood Shrine” lets Birnbaum’s songwriting play centerstage, his vocals modulated by guitar pedals and effects alongside a solitary electric guitar in a contemporary spin on the solo songwriter coffeehouse performance. Both tracks demonstrate Wilder Maker’s understanding of the tropes and expectations of indie pop music, while showing their desire to flout tradition and carve out a space for themselves—making them recommended listening for fans of sounds both old and new. Stream them below. -Connor Beckett McInerney





Engine Summer “Carol’s Dead”

Engine Summer has released a new single called “Carol’s Dead”. This is the first single off of their upcoming EP, Back-Street Boys, which they will release this December.

You can catch Engine Summer at Sleeping Village on November 13th with Stuyedeyed and Strange Foliage.

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A Deli Premiere: "In My Mind (We Were Already There)" by Devlin et. al

Sweetly-lathered in alt-soul honey is the indie music of Boston's Devlin et. al: the group's latest single “In My Mind (We Were Already There)” is sweetened by the soulful lead vocals of Amanda Lillie, which dance and sway within a brilliant indie rock vortex. The easy-listening experience brews beautifully, releasing slowly hints of the fantastic instrumental breakdown that culminates the track. Amanda, Jasper Park (bass), Andrew Vashchenko (guitar), and Pearse Devlin (drums) are all Tufts University graduates coming together from all corners of the world to create the kind of music you rarely see musicians attempt these days—classy rock. Shimmying from indie rock to indie pop to alt-soul within one track displays the group's versatility; with the glamour of groups like Alvvays and the edge of bands like The Growlers, Devlin et. al embodies indie in its way and warrants a listen or many. The group's debut record is set for October 11th, and shows throughout New England will follow. We are thrilled to premiere “In My Mind (We Were Already There)” below. - Rene Cobar





Hitsleep

Hitsleep recently released a new single called “Skeletons”. This is the first new music we have received from the Reggae-tinged Rock band since 2015.

This is the work of A.J. Skrabis (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Mike Daly (Bass), Hayden Zegley (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Dave Patterson (Drums), and Mark Lesser (Saxophone).

You can catch Hitsleep at Uncommon Ground - Lakeview on October 31st with Honeydew Squeeze and Elliot Krull.

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Van Loon

Instrumental Funk trio Van Loon is preparing to release their debut EP, “Huh? Vol. 1”, on October 24th. You can currently hear the EP’s opening and closing tracks below. This is foot stomping, body shaking, dance floor ready jazz and funk.

Van Loon is the work of Mich Shirey (Guitar), Nick Fane (Bass), and Dave Brandwein (Drums).

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