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Annique Monet
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Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

 
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With her soft and silvery voice, mellow-yet-passionate compositions, and poetic and intimate lyrics, New York-by-way-of-LA singer-songwriter DYLLAN has the potential to conquer many hearts. Her latest single “Moments Like These,” an emotionally complex reminiscence of a love gone wrong, was released in March of 2015 along with this simple music video, and shows a noteworthy maturation compared to earlier repertoire. DYLLAN has released two EPs thus far, her debut “Acclimating,” out in 2010, and the follow-up, “Anything But Scared,” from the following year. While living in Paris, she also collaborated with French electronic artist Thylacine on a track entitled “Distance,” which became the single of the week on iTunes in France. While she currently has no upcoming shows planned, DYLLAN is set to release several new singles over the course of 2015, so be sure to keep an eye out. - Patrick Wolff

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June 26, 2015
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We'll say it folks. Our feeling is that in the NYC scene these days too many indie bands are playing it either too safe, or too... unsafe? There's just so much garage rock and '90s revival (on one hand) and insane/unstructured noise (on the other) anybody can deal with. It's time to mix things up a little! Brooklyn's Show Me the Body is a rare example of a band that's successfully exploring new sonic avenues without losing sight of song structure. Their sound marries the darkest trip hop a la' Tricky with post punk, noise rock and sludge metal impulses. We dug their 'One Train' single from last year, and find the more recent one entitled 'Space Faithful' (streaming) as compelling. If you are brave enough to experience this noisy trio live, don't miss their upcoming show at Palisades on July 10.

June 26, 2015
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LAVACHILD is a NYC based synth pop duo fronted by fashionable singer songwriter/keyboardist Chantel De Lava (pictured), whose hypnotic presence charmed us at our recent B.E.A.F. festival. Their 2014 single "Want U To" went viral on the internet last year, and since then the group has been releasing promising new material on their Soundcloud profile, hopefully soon gathered in a proper release. The band landed a July residency at Pianos, starting on the first of the month. Check out our favorite new track, entitled "Afterwave," streaming below.

June 26, 2015
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Of all the 30+ bands that played our 2015 NYC B.E.A.F. (Best of Emerging Artists Fest), garage rockers Big Huge had certainly one of the most entertaining live shows. Their colorful t-shirts (or lack o thereof) matched the musicians' personalities, definitely not shy nor subtle. You can clearly hear this in their brand new single "Late at Nite," a gritty uptempo number that blends garage rock and '60s pop (including a touch of early Beatles, dare we say!) with super fun results. Whatch out for an upcoming EP featuring this song later in the summer.

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

June 25, 2015
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Summer is back in NYC, and, with it, our favorite series of outdoors indie film projections, combined with live music by emerging artists: Rooftop Films. On July 2nd, a live performance of Brooklyn (via Portland) singer-songwriter Tica Douglas will preceed a program of documentary shorts at the Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts (on 143 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn). Douglas is an accomplished and prolific songwriter who's been releasing records since 2011. Her latest, beautiful full length, "Joey," was released in early 2015 and erneastly dwells in meditations related to gender identity, through mellow and thoughtful electric ballads that highlight her versatile soprano and original melodies. Check out single 'I didn't,' streaming below.

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

June 25, 2015
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Hailing quite appropriately from the US home of electronic music (Chicago), The Fantastic Plastics is an electronic trio comprised of Tyson, Miranda and Dylan Plastic. They recently moved to NYC to foster their musical 'de-evolution' (as in: picking up the sound genius Ohio post punk band Devo left off after their early records, around 1982). The band isn't afraid to admit that influence: they actually often perform as a Devo cover act, in costumes inspired to that band's dumb futurism, and their upcoming record, scheduled for a September release, will be called 'Devolver.' Their original material preserves the sonics and fun attitude of Devo's early, groundbreaking albums, with references to working like machines and human obsolescence, like in the new single we are premiering here, entitled 'We Are Obsolete.' Check out also the other preview single from the upcoming album, NoNoGoGo.

June 25, 2015
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