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Ghost King

Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

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Ladies and Gents,

Issue #46 of The Deli NYC is up for (reading) grabs - it's the Best of NYC 2016 issue, congrats to Acid Dad for being our Best Emerging NYC Band of 2016!

Read it online, and pick it up in print on June 7th!

The Folks at The Deli

May 26, 2016

It's always excellent to see a Renaissance person sucessfully blend their disciplines together, and the music of Brooklyn artist SHIRA is a perfect example. A poet, visual artist and musician, SHIRA mixes genres like soul, folk and electronic pop with a painter's touch, allowing for bold creations while not losing any of the character of the individual components. Her poet's side makes its way into the music as well, as she injects each track with richly contemplative and abstract lyrics. 

Shira has managed to sucessfully evolve her sound on each project, and her next LP, Subtle Creature, should be no exception. On single "Honey in My Pot," featuring Portland band Joseph, she seems to move her sound out of the sky and instead opts for an earthier approach with a notably more prominent rhythm section. It remains to be seen whether this move will be one that's consistent across the full length of the album, but there will certainly be no complaints from us if this ends up being the case.  You can presumably catch SHIRA's two singles off of the new album, and hopefully more, at Cake Shop on 6/6. - Henry Solotaroff Webber

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

May 31, 2016

Melodic and atmospheric, Brooklyn's Cold Stone Fox boasts a sound that's multifaceted but extremely balanced. Their latest EP 'Tunnel Vision' harmoniously blends psychedelia with some of that melodic, ethereal but somewhat dark rock of the '80s (we hear a little bit of Simple Minds and The Church). The band is scheduled to perform at Rough Trade on July 15.

Check out this Delicious Audio feature about Stone Cold Fox's guitar pedals.

May 31, 2016

New York folk pop duo, Beau, is currently accompanying Børns on a fraction of his American tour, and we were able to catch their set at the sold out Terminal 5 show last week. The two young ladies, who released their debut album 'That Thing Reality' earlier this year, put together a magnetic performance, with lead singer Heather Goldman captivating the crowd with whimsical dancing and soulful vocals. The duo also opened for Miike Snow earlier this year, and will be playing several scattered dates during the summer. Check out the video of their break out single 'One Wing.' - Amanda McCall

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

May 31, 2016

Here's our usual, "blurbless" appointment with tracks recently released by NYC based artists that are either "not so emerging" (but also not so famous!) or have already been covered a lot in the past in ths very blog, enjoy!

Read our past coverage about these artists here: Homeboy Sandman (pictured), Mutual Benefit, Olga Bell, EMEFE

May 27, 2016

In 'Somebody to Anybody,' singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy resolves to live outside others' expectations ('I don't want to be somebody to anybody, no...'), and sounds about as confident in this statement as anything she's released to date. The song is an appropriate introduction to the Brooklyn-by-California artist. At once hard-edged and intimate, jarring and softly sweet, the girl-next-door and a growling tempest, it's a losing task to try and tie Glaspy's pristine talent to any predictable expectation. Faster and sunnier single "Emotion and Math" (streaming) is another example of Margaret's ambivalence, right from its title.

Considering that she's moved in short order from participation in fiddling competitions in California, to playing crunchy folk jams in Boston, to the New York-based set you'll soon hear from her debut full-length 'Emotions and Math,' (ATO Records), it's immediately apparent this is an artist that doesn't settle - neither geographically nor artistically. Margaret Glaspy will be touring as Lucius' opening act this summer, but you can catch the artist when she plays at Baby's All Right on Sat, June 18th, and get the new record when it's released from ATO Records (also home to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!!!) on June 17th. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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

May 27, 2016

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