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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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Many people may be familiar with Charlene Kaye without knowing it - she's the energetic frontwoman of orchestral NYC band San Fermin.  However, she is also an accomplished songwriter who has been releasing solo records since 2012.  After the successful experience with San Fermin, the soulful singer has been refocusing on her own material and is about to release a new EP entitled “Honey,” under the new, simpler moniker Kaye. A development of the electro pop leanings of Charlene Kaye’s earlier work, Kaye’s full vocal and musical range is on display in the title track “Honey,” an empowering indie pop anthem, complete with a saturated sonic production featuring several edgy and distorted elements, bouncing between pop and rock. The “Honey” EP will be released on August 19th, and you can catch Kaye live at her EP Release show at Mercury Lounge on August 18th.  

June 23, 2016

Alongside a new lead single, Psychic Twin unveiled a September 9th drop date for their debut LP Strange Diary, that's been four years in the making. If the track, entitled "Lose Myself" is any indication, it might have been worth the wait. Erin Fein, vocalist and main force behind the project, immerses her feathery voice in grimy synths and drum machine grooves to create a contrasting synth-pop sound that feels fresh while still delivering a nice dose of nostalgia. Psychic Twin recently kicked off a North American tour with Ladyhawke, whose NYC leg will be at Rough Trade on 6.24. –Henry Solotaroff-Webber - Photo Credit: Sean Waltrous

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

June 22, 2016

Since 2011 the seven piece Brooklyn/Manhattan based band The Amputees has been blending together punk and hard rock revival in rather uncompropmising ways. In February they released The Hitchhikers Guide to The Amputees, a four track EP that rarely lets up. “Al Hammer” (streaming below) kicks things off with a fierce punk energy and roaring guitars, while Louis Ramos’ anthemic vocals excercise the demonic art of sounding evil. Third track “Ego” features stomping beat and fiery vocals with a more melodic approach, in particular during the chorus. The band will be playing The Gateway on July 2nd in support of Earworms. - John Honan

June 21, 2016

Pinegrove, who recently moved from Brooklyn to Montclair, NJ, is one of those rare bands that make things happen by perseverance and self development, which - in today's music industry - requires monstrous levels of discipline and faith. The group has been releasing a bunch of records since their 2010 'Mixtape One' debut. Their latest, entitled 'Cardinal,' is one of their best. The eight track mini-album blends element of American traditional music and indie rock (think Modest Mouse at their peak, but with more nostalgic and rootsy tendencies). Although electric guitars are still dominant, banjo and pedal steel sneakily insert themselves in some of the tracks (like streaming single 'Old Friends'), adding texture and evoking the rustic warmth of Americana. The band is about to experience a summer on the road, with over thirty dates booked touring with Sports (Ohio), Half Waif (NYC) and Ratboys (Chicago). Their kick off party was canceled because of Palisades' (hopefully temporary) closing, but the band decided to do something anyway at 73 See Gallery in Montclair - here's the Facebook Event page. They'll be back at Market Hotel on August 6.

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

June 21, 2016

As evidenced by their collaboration with The Songwriter's Orchestra to re-arrange their single "Jagged Edge," nu-soul duo Jazze Belle have already made some noise (and interesting connections!) in the NYC scene. Their sound can be described as mellow, darkly introspective soul. Producer Jett Carter employs simple percussions alongside minimal synth parts to create a wide, moon-lit soundscape for vocalist Taylor Simone to wander through. Her soulful, confident voice touches on themes pertaining to love, but mostly from the side of how self-doubt or other complexities of life can get in the way. Special mention is also due to Carter clevelry repurposing and altering Simone's voice to build vocal harmonies, creating transfixing moments that emphasize certain lyrics. With two singles and a slew of covers comprising their live shows to date, it will be interesting to see how these two evolve in future projects. You can see them live at the Harmlem Arts Festival on 6/25. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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June 21, 2016

Pink Mexico is the solo project of Robert Preston who has played drums for countless acts including Shilpa Ray. In the fall of 2014, Preston moved back to Brooklyn from Los Angeles to begin recording Pink Mexico’s second record, which he wrote primarily while still living in LA. In May, single “Buzz Kill” saw the light of the day. It's a fuzz-laden track overflowing with self-deprecating humor and Preston's deadpan vocal delivery. “Forgetting Everything” (streaming below) is a poppier song that looks back at the surf pop sound of the 60’s., with upbeat, vintage sounding vocal arrangements. Pink Mexico will release their sophomore album Fool on June 24th via Burger Records. The band will be celebrating the release at Shea Stadium on June 25th. - John Honan

June 21, 2016

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