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Mitski
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In her third album "bury me at makeout creek," Brooklyn songwriter Mitski reveals a dual musical personality and a multi-faceted talent. Opener "texas reznikoff" presents us with what (deceptively) sounds like your regular, acoustic guitar armed singer songwriter, who gently sings about her wishes, her lovers and far away lands. It takes less than a minute and a half for that first impression to get completely subverted by a sudden build up of distorted guitars. The sonic saturation continues in the following track, the noise pop gem "townie," where Mitski sounds like a riot girl of the new millennium, crafting a beautifully tense melody, full of carefree lyrics, over an unrelenting carpet of fuzzy guitars and feedback. Following track "first love / late spring" take us back to the initial sparseness, introducing a very elegant, if not seductive melody, reminiscent of the crooning charmers of the '50s. A few tracks later, "jobless monday" doubles down on the crooner-pop influences, forging another incredibly beautiful vocal line. The rest of the record keeps dwelling between these recurrent extremes, revealing an artist who relies on her pop sensibility to allow her poetry to shine, while her instinctive, youthful angst leads her to reject anything that's too conventional or predictable. Many great records emerge from this kind of tension.

 
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Salt Cathedral’s latest EP, "Oom Velt," is a richly textured, futuristic affair. Made up of swirly, intertwined parts, close inspection reveals an openness to symmetry too. At its heart, each song is centered around the breathless vocals of Juliana Ronderos, who shape-shifts as she mesmerizes. We chatted up drummer Tommy Hartman recently, who brought us up to speed on how the band got their sound. 

Read Emilio Herce interview with Salt Cathedral.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow pop songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

December 22, 2014
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Brooklyn's duo BLKKATHY inserts itself in the tradition of moody, psych and DIY influenced soul music coined by TV on the Radio's first EP, and takes it to an extreme level of introversion and self-absorption - qualities that almost fight with the nature of this genre. In their most popular single "Dem Bones" (streaming) Kate Faust sounds as if she was singing to herself, without an audience, mumbling about some skinny girl who's taller than her: "I can see why you don't want me, she's so skinny...". The melody is almost just a draft, but catchy nonetheless, and the minimal electronic arrangement perfectly complements her whispers. The duo has caught the attention of the talent scouts at Pianos, who booked them for a three week residency starting on December 30.

December 22, 2014
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For those who, like us, enjoy the power of emotions but cannot be asked to sit through two hours of a romantic drama (unless it's a British recreation of a novel by Jane Austen), this new video for "Toledo" by Brooklyn's Glass Elephant might work as a concentrated, extremely well executed, 4 minutes shot of cathartic and sob-inducing love-related rollercoaster. It's got all the essential soul stirring qualities of a Hollywood flick without the unnecessary baggage, thanks to Russ Flynn's tormented lyrics and the band's evocative music, that team up to exude longing and describe the often unresolvable complications of love. The video's beatiful imagery greatly contributes to magnify these emotions, emplyoing at times the overlapping images technique borrowed from TV series' True Detective stunning intro. Check out the Glass Elephant's new, self-titled EP here.

December 22, 2014
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NYC's Teen Girl Scientist Monthly coined a new genre to describe their upbeat, energetic music: "pop stomp" (why not "stomp pop"? It sounds better...) Here at The Deli we are fans of the band’s fast paced pick-me-up single “Summer Skin”, which feels like a well needed shot of unpretentious rock'n'roll, something kind of rare in our tense and often angry rock scene. The Brooklyn band has a super fun live show that has the potential to get even the laziest of humans out of their seats for some frantic dancing. That's why they are asked to play Rockwood Music Hall on a Saturday - in this case January 3, 2015. - Robert Frezza

December 19, 2014
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Vomitface formed to improve the local music scene. The trio's brand of self-proclaimed “black-surf” (to which we'd add “grungy, sludgy rock goodness”) comes across searingly in its new, self-titled EP. The noisy provocateurs, who recently played one of The Deli's B.E.A.F. shows, has just landed a January 2015 residency at Cake Shop. We had the chance to ask Jered Micah (vocals/guitar), Keller McDivitt (bass) and Preemta Singh (drums) about origins, passions, and why they do what they do.

Read Michael Haskoor Interview with Vomitface.

December 19, 2014
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Brooklyn’s hardcore up-and-comers Sick Feeling are an authentic love child of the NYHC scene, sharing similarities to Fucked Up with an even more agonizing vocal edge from singer Jesse Miller-Gordon. They’ve just released a brand new punk single titled ‘The Americans’ paired with a meme lyric video directed by Nick Ace - you can watch it below. It’s the band’s second single from their forthcoming LP titled ‘Suburban Myth’ due out on January 20th via Collect Records. With such an aggressive approach, it’s no wonder that former Thursday’s Geoff Rickly (owner of Collect) took interest in their sound almost immediately. Claiming that they’re “the sound of American nostalgia being turned inside out,” Sick Feeling cling to their message of acceptance of young angst and growing pains as being totally normal. - Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

December 19, 2014
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