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July 2015
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 video premiere: Elika's "No One Gets Lost"

Deli video premiere: Elika's "No One Gets Lost"

Elika has a certain knack for re-making tragedy into beauty. Taking from personal tragedy and turning her experiences into a reason to persist, their latest video for 'No One Gets Lost' juxtaposes a halcyon youth against the cold realities of dangerous machinery like power drills and buzzsaws. Make of it what you will... but it certainly sounds like something malicious is happening here behind the scenes. Like a lot of their music, Elika presses on with a definite sense of optimism that shines through their stacks of shimmering keyboards and melliflous soprano. Taken from her new record 'Always the Light,' Elika is a powerful voice puncturing through pain and adversity with each new record. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

"No One Gets Lost" was added to our SoundCloud playlist of emerging NYC artists here.


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