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October 2015
Shelf Life
"Everyone Make Happy
Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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New England Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2014 for emerging artists

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of New England Year End Poll for Emerging Artists.

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from New England: 43

Jurors: Jurors: Juan (The Deli LA), Maylis (The Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. As the Sparrow (Rootsy Pop) - 8

1. Jake McKelvie & the Countertops (Indie Pop) - 8


3. Andre Obin (Electro) - 7.83


4. Miss Geo (Electro-Pop) - 7.66


5. Marina Evans (Songwriter) - 7.5


5. Doug Tuttle (Psych Rock) - 7.5


7. No Evil Star (Avant-Indie) - 7.33


8. Radclyffe Hall (Electro-Pop) - 7.16


9. Jet Black Sunrise (Alt Rock) - 7

9. Sarah Blacker (Folk Pop) - 7


Honorable Mentions (ranked above 6.5):

Streight AngularLittle UglyEd balloonThe SymptomsPonybird.


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We will soon unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors, and then let our readers and our writers influence the poll with their vote.

Keep creating, keep supporting, and stay tuned for your chance to vote!  

—The Deli New England Staff



The Deli UN/OFF show in Austin: The Stone Foxes, Pearl & The Beards, Andre Obin, Avan Lava, Friend Roulette + more!

Music fans heading South,

The Deli will be in Austin on March 15 with a two stage night party hosted at Austin's legendary gay bar Rusty's. Great lineup of artists and even greater list of Special Guests who will be announced shortly. See here for more info + band links!

Mark your calendars!

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Boston at SXSW: André Obin to release new electro-pop album this spring

Boston’s own André Obin is poised to be the synth-pop artist to watch at SXSW this year. Obin is releasing his debut full-length in March with NYC’s Sky Council Recordings. 'The Arsonist' will follow EPs released under European labels Trouw, Mina, and Klopfgeist. In mid-November, Boston label Vanya Records and other friends of Obin came together when he was the victim of an electrical fire that destroyed possessions and equipment at his Somerville, MA apartment. The compilation Friends of Andre was released on bandcamp for a $10 donation with 18 tracks from Boston artists including M|O|O|N and the New Highway Hymnal. Clearly, he is loved at home and overseas for his unique take on electronic music – his sounds could come from speakers at a euro-dance club or a laptop at your own private dance party. Queue up his soundcloud and listen to the many remixes that have been spawned from his music and you’ll start to understand why this artist and DJ is hyped to breakout this spring. - Hillary Anderson




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