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A staple of the Brooklyn Psych Rock scene: My Best Fiend

Brooklyn rave rockers My Best Fiend have been around since 2005, and their persistence got recently rewarded with a record deal with UK forward looking label Warp. In their Warp debut "Ghostlike Fading" the band puts an almost spiritual twist on a sound that introduces itself quietly, only to erupt into a full-on psyched-out jam. The single "Cracking Eggs" starts out with gently strummed acoustic guitar and stark, spacious piano chords, while emotive vocals sing about "the crack in the egg that provides relief." It's not long before full band pomp and stomp fills the sonic spectrum as harsh textures lift the listener into the clouds. Another favorite song, "Higher Palms" (streaming below) turns to an electric piano for keyboard figures, as full instrumentation is then added in, creating a high western plains feel. Vocals are layered and embedded in hallways of reverb, enhanced by synthesized textures extending the tones. Guitars join in from multiple angles, merging with the rising sonic tide without obscuring the defined rhythm. - Dave Cromwell

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Rootsy-pop from NYC: The Devyl Nellys

It's quite rare to find an artist who gives us a Christmas song on a record released during the warmer time of the year. But with The Devyl Nellys' latest release, you get 'Hot Santa' along with plenty of other tracks.

All this from a band clearly rooted in Country Americana, but whose ambitions are far flung. The New York group's debut full-length 'Charm Land' moves from James Bond-style riffing in the mysterious 'Attracted,' to a doo-wop chorus in radio-ready 'Hush.' Singer Nelly Levon handles most vocal duties, but guitarist James Mastro's voice shines in the lush 'Airport'.

For the Devyl Nellys, diversity is their strength. 'Charm Land' is a full-bodied debut to suit most tastes, and just might work equally well in any season. Stream the record here and see them when they play Gizzi's Cafe on Jun 20. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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Spring 2012 Issue

This is The Deli's Best
of NYC issue 2012!
Read it here.






Santigold debuts video for "The Keepers"

Here is the new video from the world's raddest raga-soul-pop lady Santigold - for the song "The Keepers." She just wrapped up her Spring US tour in support of Master of My Make-Believe, and she will be appearing at festivals internationally throughout the summer including Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds.

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Los Encantados play CBGB fest at The Delancey on 07.06

Los Encantados most likely write their music by forcefully giving each other high fives until the music spontaneously happens. This is just an uninformed guess of course, but with the band's name loosely translating to 'The Enchanted,' it wouldn't surprise me. The septet deals with the same chapters in life shared by most of us, city dwellers. Only when they do it... it's actually uplifting!

Their latest EP 'Same Damned Soul,' opens with a barnburning athem to lost loves ('Ghost'), and continues at this speed 'til you arrive at the beach in time for the party with closer 'Maritime.' This is quite a bit of fun to be sure, but nowhere near as good a time as seeing the six-piece live. So check them out on July 6th when they play the CBGB fest at The Delancey. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) - Los Encantados submitted their music for review here.

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