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The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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Deli Readers,

I know, it seems like we put our latest issue out just the other day - but no, we haven't switched to monthly. It's just that the fall in NYC is a busy time for us, and with CMJ week and our NYC Synth Expo (linked to BEMF) coming up, there's a lot to write about.

Here's our 44th issue of The Deli NYC (one of our finest!). Check out cover band Stolen Jars, they'll be performing at one of the (several) Deli CMJ 2015 shows!


The Deli's Staff


Also, do not miss our 4 upcoming Deli/CMJ showcases!


October 02, 2015

Most pop and rock fans are struck by the passion for music in their teens or early twenties, years that are emotionally rich and normally infused with optimism, excitment and some degree of rebellion. That makes them the perfect time to get high on rock'n'roll. We don't know if it's possible for adults to enjoy music as much as their teenager selves - we doubt it - but this adorable new song and video by Brooklinite garage pop trio Big Quiet awakened the teenager in us, and... well, it felt great! The song, entitled "Maura & Dana" is a super-catchy and uptempo power-dream-pop tune (with unintelligible lyrics) that's bound to set any indie fan's body in motion. The video, which appears to be shot in super-8, beautifully tackles the summer activities of two music loving young ladies, during the most fun filled years of their lives. You can find other songs by Big Quiet in their self titled debut album, and you can see them live at The Deli's Garage/Slacker Rock CMJ stage on Thursday 10.15 at Muchmore's.

October 12, 2015

Natalie Mering of Wise Blood and her incredibly haunting voice are back with a new EP on Mexican Summer entitled "Cardamom Times." She recently unveiled this video for single "In the Beginning."

October 12, 2015

There's no shortage of self-released solo albums by backup singers and Broadway celebrities, two posts which Shayna Steele knows well. Rise is her latest release, recorded between stints with Bette Midler, Moby, and the revival of Hairspray. Mellow cuts recall '80s Sade, though lively soul numbers like “Everybody's Crying Mercy” (streaming) make a solid case for Steele’s own spotlight. Shayna will be performing at The Deli's CMJ Roots/Soul stage at Rockwood Music Hall this coming Wednesday 10.14 - full schedule of our CMJ shows here. - Brian Chidester

October 12, 2015

El Tryptophan is the musical and visual project of Brooklyn based artist Gryphon Rue. The young man has at once folky and rather extreme experimental inclinations, and you'll find these two influences blended together in his upcoming debut album 'Guilt Vacation.' We are premiering here single "Syntax Static" (streaming below), a song about the relation between lust and communication based on an unusual two quarter drum pattern, that's regularly interrupted by choruses in four quarters that are - alternatively - sonically exploding and imploding. Like a more extreme Beck, Rue incorporates, constantly recycles and disposes of various sounds, genres and ideas, without ever venuring into pop territory, though. 'Guilt Vacation' will be released on November 20th. The release show is scheduled for November 18 at Trans Pecos.

October 12, 2015

Echo Bloom aka Brooklyn-based orchestral folk musician Kyle Evans takes a desperate yet ultimately sweet journey on his keys-sprinkled new single, "Leaving Charleston" (streaming below). With the warm vocal drawl of a country song and the drum-racing jubilance of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band track, "Leaving Charleston" engagingly sets a somewhat ominous tale of uncertain travelling lovers against sunny instrumentation, the hope of a bright future carrying the characters forward. The South-hailing Evans, whose Echo Bloom moniker derives from a term used to describe the offspring of baby boomers, doesn't just intriguingly use counterpoint with "Leaving Charleston" but crafts a simply pleasant, warm cut. While he doesn't seem to have any New York shows coming up, Kyle Evans will play at Philadelphia's Xfinity Live this Saturday (10.10) and then go on an extensive tour of Germany from late October through all of November. - Zach Weg 

October 09, 2015

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