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September 2014
Seagulls
"Great Pine
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Philly Year End Poll 2012 - Open Submission Results!

Philly Year End Poll 2012 - Open Submission Results!

We’ve tallied the results for the Open Submissions stage of our Philly Year End Poll. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other cities, and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local jurors very soon. 

Thanks to all the rad folks who submitted their hearts and souls to us. Our open submissions pool was truly a celebration of Philly’s talent and diversity. 

Total submissions from Philly: 88

 
Qualified to the final phase of the Philly Year End Poll:
 
1. Turning Violet Violet - 8.33 (out of 10)
2. Ghost Light - 8.16
2. The Districts - 8.16
6. Nothing - 7.83
6. Modern Inventors - 7.83
8. Heyward Howkins - 7.66
8. Ton-Taun - 7.66
8. Willow Talk - 7.66
8. Eskimeaux - 7.66
 
Honorable Mentions (score above 7)
 
FLOTE (Electronic), Railroad Fever (Americana), Thee, Idea Men (Alt Rock), Vintage Kicks (Post Punk), June Divided (Alt Rock), The Chairman Dances (Indie Pop), The Stammer (Indie Rock), W.C. Lindsay (Electro Pop), Ruby the Hatchet (Alt Rock), Sudan (Hip Hop), AVRA (Indie Rock), Goodnight Lights (Indie Rock), Hectic Zeniths (Electronic), Toy Cannons (New Wave), True Gold (Psych Rock), Bleeding Fractals (Post Punk), Favor the Brave (Prog Metal), Ghost in the Valley (Post Punk), Psychic Teens (Post Punk), The THANGS (Electro Hop), The Tweeds (Psych Rock)
 
Jurors: Benjamin Toledo (Deli Portland), Lucy Sherman (Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC)
 
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