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Pop and Obachan
"Dream Soup

Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

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The Summer 2015 issue of The Deli NYC is up in the clouds!


The real thing will hit the streets of NYC on September 10.

The Deli's Staff

September 03, 2015

In our restless quest for the best possible artists to book for our upcoming CMJ shows, we stumbled upon NYC based duo Elysian Fields, who have been around for a while (1995!) and lately have been busy working on a new album - and also on opening a new venue! On their website's "news" page we noticed this 2014 video for single "Channeling" - which we somehow missed at the time - and instantly fell in love with it. Directed by visionary illustrator/cartoonist Steven Mertens, this is a psych pop gem with imaginative, top notch production and a subtle but also moving alternation of tension and release moments. Lead singer Jennifer Charles' incredibly seductive vocals are supported by melodies that are catchy and edgy at once. This is what we call a great song - and it made our week. 

September 04, 2015

"Fall Asleep Slow," the latest single from the Brooklyn duo Cafuné, is a laid-back track of summery electro-pop that brings to mind rooftop sunsets over the city skyline. The duo's mixture of an uptempo beat with dreamy instrumentation, and singer Sedona Schat's soothing vocals, results in a charmingly chill song that'll have you reaching for the replay button whenever you're in the mood to lounge around. Although "Fall Asleep Now" marks the band's fourth release, it is in fact the first song they wrote together, penned just over a year ago, and it deals with the loneliness that one can sometimes feel in a city as large as New York. Released only one month ago, the track has already racked up close to 20,000 hits on Souncloud, and has been getting a bunch of positive reception around the web. Check it out! - Patrick Wolff 

September 03, 2015

New York City garage rock/girl-group Baby Shakes showcase the release of their second full length album “Starry Eyes” with the single (and accompanying video) “Summer Sun.” Though the warm days will soon give way to autumn, we can hang on just a bit longer by taking in this perfect slice of Coney Island atmosphere. Beach time fun is fully on display in both video and song, which captures the Ramones' “Rockaway Beach” vibe with Ronnie Spector vocal harmonies. The three front-ladies make a solid case that brunettes are just as much fun as blondes at the shore. The band is currently on a European tour taking them through Ireland and Scandinavia, with a hometown show to surely follow that. -Dave Cromwell

September 03, 2015

Back in June, Brooklyn hip-hop/neo-soul quartet Flyer Learning released 'The 457 Sessions EP,' a feel-good yet bold offering. On early track "You Got It Good," for example, slightly sinister instrumentation reminiscent of early Gorillaz melds with chill-voiced rapper Ben Bennett's admonitions of a whiny youth to form delightful mellowness. "Heads Bop" (streaming below), similarly, sets Bennett's fearless emcee ambitions against drum taps and coiling electronics that, combined with singer Chandanie Orgias' breathy vocals, culminate in potential hypnosis. While unfraid to speak its mind, Flyer Learning knows not to preach but to provoke and it does so intriguingly with aware yet immersive music. Flyer Learning performs at The Living Room on 9.18. - Zach Weg 

September 02, 2015

As heard in "The Mountainside" (streaming below) or "When You Were Born" from his 2013 release 'The Lonesome World Beyond the Trees,' upstate New York-bred musician Elijah Wolf makes impressively sophisticated folk. Like Fleet Foxes, the early-twenties singer/songwriter tells relatable stories of longing that are delightfully accentuated by sweeping strings and thumping percussion. According to his Facebook timeline, the New York City-based Wolf is currently working on new music. In the meantime, he performs at The Mercury Lounge on 9.25. - Zach Weg 

September 02, 2015


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