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Annique Monet
"Phantom Letters

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.

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

Welcome to the new Deli Charts, organized by genre and scene.

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Coming to you from The Deli's digital submissions, with a sound that has been described as the "sonic equivalent of biting into a Gushers candy," is the first full-length album from NYC puzzle-pop band Palm Pilot. The record, entitled "PLM PLT," is a 10-track collection of songs bursting with color and rhythmic complexity. Hints of influence from bands such as Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips are peppered throughout the album and mixed in with the groups' own combination of math rock and psych-rock elements to form a vibrant first effort. Although the group currently has no scheduled shows, they do have new material in the works, so keep out an eye for any further releases. "PLM PLT" is currently available for free on Bandcamp and we've got a track from the album, "Innerworkings," streaming below. - Patrick Wolff

This artist submitted music for coverage here.

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

July 24, 2015

We rarely blog about festival (our focus being on single artists), but this weekend's Gigawatts Fest, organized by fellow NYC based zine 1.21 Gigawatts, features so many good emerging artists from NYC and other scenes we cover that it's worth mentioning. Tickets can be purrchased here.

July 23, 2015

Intriguingly combining splendor and ruggedness, defeat and possibility, Queens-born singer/songwriter Matt Sucich’s latest single “Lay Low” (streaming below) is delightfully poignant. It’s the ever kindred story of someone trying to do good and offer love to another but constantly getting beaten down, for reasons even a god wouldn’t know. Gloom isn’t Sucich’s game, though, as his spectral voice and whimsical background production illuminate “Lay Low” with rays of hope and even bashful merriment. Ultimately, the burgeoning musician is just a guy expressing himself, the hurt and the joy. After last night's show at the Mercury Lounge Matt is scheduled to perform at Joe's Pub on August 21. – Zach Weg

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

July 23, 2015

Claiming as her two biggest influences “Bone Thugs N Harmony & Whitney Houston,” Hatian artist Devyn Rose is going deep into shoegazing ballet shoes. There’s a definite 90's synth lushness to her tracks reminiscent of early Bobby Brown and Roxette, but her delivery is snappy and crisp. A model, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist with a #1 Billboard hit under her belt, Miss Rose has a lot going for her. Her silky voice and provocative lyrics make for an aural assault that speaks to the new generation of braniac b-boys and b-girls, and her new video for “Cops x The Jury” (streaming) is a call to arms fit for the most raucous club dance floor. - BrokeMc

July 23, 2015

Alison Clancy is a Brooklynite who just can't help but churn out art, and in this case we are not only referring to music - she fronts two bands: HUFF THIS! and Loving You. A dancer by trade (at the Metropolitan Opera), Alison is also involved in visual arts, and not just simply as a model/dancer. Recently she worked on a cross-continental collaboration with several artists from Brooklyn and Copenhagen to realize the video of Loving You's song 'Wasted Love' (streaming) which was used in the theatrical Street Ballet 'NINE BY SEVEN', directed and produced by Danish conceptual artist Marco Evaristti. Tomorrow Friday 07.24 the duo will be bringing their edgy, cello and vocals (and dance) propelled music to 1172 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights Brooklyn.

July 23, 2015

The two preview singles from Empress Of's upcoming album 'Me' ('Kitty Kat,' streaming below, and 'Water Water') reveal how the project of Brooklyn's songwriter and electronic producer Lorely Rodriguez is evolving from its dream pop beginnings towards a more experimental and mature sound, closer to the avant-electro sensibility of artists like Bjork and Gang Gang Dance. Since Lorely produces her own music, we thought it would be interesting to ask her a few questions about her favorite gear and creative process... we did just that in our sister blog Delicious Audio - link below. 

LINK: Empress Of talks about gear and the creative process

July 22, 2015

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