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Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

 
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Dear Deli Readers,

Issue #47 of The Deli NYC is now available online, you can read it here!

It's the Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit issue! See section about pedals in the second half of the magazine, in part curated by Gearphoria.com.

Enjoy!

The Folks at The Deli NYC

August 28, 2016
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Some retro-ish music has the power to trigger in us the appreciation for “vintage” styles we didn’t think we missed - until now. This is the case with New York band, Supersmall, whose most recent album, Silent Moon, evokes some of some of the well tempered pop of the '80s (think early Everything But the Girl with a male singer or a folkier version of The Style Council), with accompanying lyrics that tackle topics such as finding a better life and - but of course! - romance. For a night of emotionally stable music, catch them live at Rockwood Music Hall on August 27th. - Madeleine Grossman

August 26, 2016
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Brooklyn-based band, Sanctuary Sound – the project of Cade Sadler – likes to play with expectations - and contrasts.  Single One Clear Thought (streaming) opens the band’s EP, Brass Ring, with electronic noises that sound like the start of something rather cerebral.  However, what follows is a muted and soulful synth pop track that's actually very emotional, and complimented by Sadler’s semi-whispered, fuzzy and reverbed voice.  Sanctuary Sound is playing at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (August 26th). - Madeleine Grossman 

August 26, 2016
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Deeply spiritual and tortured at once, NYC's electronic one man band project Varick is back with a new track that combines goth influences with EDM, synth pop and industrial. A song about "surrendering your ego in order to find a deeper meaning within yourself." Surrender (streaming below) well exemplifies Varick's interpretation of music and creativity as mediums towards the search for a deeper life balance, where catharses - here in the form of occasional explosions of distorted guitars - can be as enlightening as the contemplation expressed in the thoughtful lyrics. The single will be part of Varick debut full length album, entitled Veda I, to be released on September 9th.

August 26, 2016
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After two years, Brooklyn-based artist FRAME is back with a new track entitled “Love Wasted”, which serves as a sampling of her upcoming full length debut. In the single, Caitlin Frame, the creative force behind the project, writes about her now finished eight year open-marriage, and the complex emotions and regrets attached to this unconventional experience (that many fantasize about!). The track plays with contrasts as Frame confidently sings about her vulnerability and emotional confusion over a decidedly pop production. As of now, there is no fixed date for her upcoming release, but you can see FRAME live tonight (8.25) at Baby’s All Right with Cayetena and Weaves! - John Honan

August 25, 2016
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Displaying a multifaceted talent, actress (or female actor, take your pick!) Jordan Lane Price in her debut EP Sponge shows promising signs with her musical project JLP.  Released through Innit Records, the EP proves to be a nostalgic collection of songs full of fuzzy electronic pop songs dominated by organs and JLP's bright vocals. We are streaming below opening tracks - and by far the catchiest song - In the Woods. The band landed a September residency at Pianos, during which JLP will be joined by partner (and co-writer) James Levy and his band, Reputante. While the group has not released anything since the Oceanside EP in 2013, this residency hopefully suggests the promise of something new to come in the near future. Many familiar local artists will join them on stage during the residency, including The Can't TellsController and Aunt Ange - full schedule here

August 25, 2016
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