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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!


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October 02, 2015

We are fans of Gabrielle Smith's Eskimeaux, a band that plays what we would call "very reletable" indie pop with folky tinges. After all, what's more "reletable" than the cozy feeling of wearing socks and sandals with a simple summer dress, while rocking out on stage? They just released this fun video for their latest single "Broken Neck," which was picked up by NPR! The band is also playing at Baby's Allright, tonight (10.02).

October 02, 2015

Although most indie rock fans think to Pavement's Steven Malkmus as the father of lo-fi rock and the slacker attitude applied to the genre, British mad genius - and Pink Floyd founder - Syd Barret anticipated this trend in his three, beautiful, post-Pink Folyd/pre-madness solo records from the early '70s. Matthew Van Asselt's band Real Life Buildings sounds to us like he's heavily inspired by Barret's casual singing, lazy melodies (as in "Black Kettle") and preference for an overall aesthetic that predilects semi-unfinished sounding recordings (check out opener "In The Sky Today"). The band's sound is also filtered through the lens of the 90's US college rock, with distorted power chords often taking over the reigns. Check out our favorite song "It Snowed," which also features a rare banjo in the chorus. You can see Real Life Buildings live at Baby's All Right tonight (10.02)

October 02, 2015

Ben Scott and Hazel Rigby's band, called Outside World, plays a pleasently surprising amalgam of dream pop, math rock, and world music. Single 'I Know You' (streaming) starts with an intro that defies a tempo signature - stuff a la Radiohed, but not pompous at all - and then settles on a weirdly synchopated, vaguely funky rhyhm, switching cleverly between sections featuring different variations of triplet-based rhythms. For reasons beyond our comprehension, both this single and the other one available online ('Wasting Time,' a simpler pop song sung by Ben) trigger Calypso references, probably because of Scott's synchopated guitar lines, which often feature a chimey tone vaguely reminiscent of a steel pan. Both songs are included in the band's upcoming, self-titled album, which will be released through a live show at Cake Shop on October 08. We are intrigued!

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

October 02, 2015

Many musicians - electric guitarists and drummers in particular - dream of creating an insanely explosive sound, and often look for names that can express that effort. Enter NYC trio Blasteroid, a band that keeps its moniker's promises in the 20 seconds long, truly blasting intro to their - so far - only single available for streaming, entitled 'Oaf.' We can pretty much see the three of them, in awe, while listening for the first time to the finished song through the studio monitors, high fiving each other second later. After the intro, the song settles into a more tranquil psych pop territory, with a gentle, almost childish Barrettesque melody leading to a dreamy chorus drenched in reverb. The contrast - defined by the band as "equal parts ethereal and outrageous" - has the effect to make every section more enjoyable. Now... give us more please!

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

October 01, 2015

NYC's Gina Turner, besides being an innovative contemporary EDM artist, is also a deejay/host on Sirius XM. Husband Laidback Luke shares side-project Nouveau Yorican with Turner, who recently collaborated with Sweden hitmmaker Style of the Eye too. She's everywhere! She recently released this jazzy sounding track with Tony Quattro (also a NYC based artist) and will be performing at the upcoming Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (date to be announced) - Brian Chidester

October 01, 2015


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