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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

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As creation stories go, Jared Samuel - chief songsmith of NYC band Invisible Familiars - has one, just like the rest of us. It begins in suburban New York State, and crystallizes in Brooklyn, where he doubles these days as both session-man and bandleader.  He's played and toured with acts like Superhuman Happiness, Cibo Matto, and, more recently, Sean Lennon’s GOASTT. The band's debut album, "Disturbing Wildlife" soars gracefully through the pop and psychedelic strata, where rich harmonies and an array of exotic instrumentation never overwhelm Samuel's lyrical expressionism. Don't miss their CD release party at Baby's All Right on January 30 - there's a rumor that his friend Sean Lennon will make an appearence.

Read Emilio Herce's interview with Invisible Familiars.

January 27, 2015

It's "indie" time, folks! Here's the list of artists who qualified to the last phase of our Best of NYC Year End Poll for Emerging Artists through the Open Submissions in the Indie Rock category - congrats to all fo them!

Total submissions in this category: 23

Jurors: Natan Leipzig (The Deli Portland), Maylis Personnaz (Deli Writer), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting later this week):

1. Mainland (7.66 out of 10)


2. Dead Stars (7.33)


3. Exocomet (7.16)


3. DREAMERS (7.16)


Honorable Mentions (score above 7):

Riverwild, CUTTERS, Controller, The Planes, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Animal Years, Walking Shapes.


More results coming soon, we are getting there!

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January 26, 2015

We've been fans of Jane Herships' Spider for quite some time, although after four years of silence we thought the project had come to an end. We were therefore pleasently surprised to see that Spider is performing at Pianos on January 28. And we were even more surprised by the sound of the new single, that abandons the clean instrumentations of her early records for a more edgy and noisy sound bordering on industrial music, without losing the project's signature intimacy. A male figure appears on the single's bandcamp cover - which seems to imply a collaboration with a programmer. Jane informed us that the single is part of a new project called Teacherd or Police, and that an EP is about to be released.

January 26, 2015

We are not sure how old the guys in Brooklyn's roots quintet Wilder Maker are, but they seem to write and perform with maturity beyond their years. The mellow alt folk you'll find in their latest EP "Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, Vol I" is beautifully textured and radiating some kind of wisdom, conveyed by the alternating male and female vocals, which are full of tamed melancholy and emotion. Check out single Zion below and see them at Baby's All Right on January 31.

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

January 26, 2015

After a successful kickstarter campaign, and a seemingly interminable build, the folks at the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (MCFK) collective have finally completed construction on their new studio. To celebrate they’ve put together their second show this month, this time at the Gutter, Brooklyn’s premier bowling alley/venue which isn’t Brooklyn Bowl. The showcase will feature the gleaming psychedelic soul pop of ghostpal, Goodman’s excoriating garage pop (both Deli NYC Artists of the Month) as well as Toot Sweet, NoPop (whom are not to be missed), The Brooklyn What, and Awkwarium. Stream MCFK’s latest compilation below, and catch them tonight (1/23) at the Gutter. -Emilio Herce (@emilioherce) photo cred: Dan Bracaglia

January 23, 2015

The Pluto Moons play with magic. It’s your garden-variety, bass-based, synth and sample, four-on-the-floor sort of magic, but magic no less. Their latest, the E$pooky EP, is something of an evolution from their debut, Mannequin Legs, but retains the playful instinct that’s a staple to most of their music. “$pooky,” the first song on the album, begins with a whisper and a bang, Jachary’s undulating bass refrain quickly vaporized by the rest of the of the band’s entrance. It comes back to haunt you later in the song, bigger and more insistent than before, like most of the Moon’s catalogue. The Pluto Moon’s will be playing Bowery Electric on 2/5 with a Mellencamp. -Emilio Herce (@emilioherce)

January 22, 2015


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