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August 2014
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
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Sea When Absent (Lefse Records) opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy. 

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The Stone Foxes Play The Fillmore on May 4th to Promote New Album and to Raise Awareness About Homelessness

San Francisco based super group, The Stone Foxes are playing a concert at The Fillmore on May 4th in San Fran to promote their new album, Small Fires, and to highlight their partnership with the healthy hunger relief charitable organization, Super Food Drive. The band created a humorous youtube video to express their elation about their upcoming show.

The Stone Foxes new album, Small Fires, is laced political undertones while the song Goodnight, Moon specifically faces the reality of homelessness. This show  has the band teaming up with the SF Food Bank as the band has worked to connect with every local food bank along their tour route. For more information about The Stone Foxes' partnership with Super Food Drive, click here.

The Deli Magazine San Francisco is happy to support The Stone Foxes and their selfless contributions in the Bay Area and wherever they roam! Make sure you don't miss their live performance on May 4th at The Fillmore. It will be an epic show!

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San Francisco's The Stone Foxes Headline The Deli Magazine's UN/OFF Party in Austin

Popular SF based blues rock band, The Stone Foxes are set to headline The Deli Magazine's UN/OFF party in Austin, Texes this year. The event is completely FREE, and will be held on March 15, 2013 at Rusty's. Don't miss The Stone Foxes tear the house down along with the amazing line up that will precede them!

THE DELI'S UN/OFF PARTY TWO STAGES

LOTS OF AWESOME BANDS 8pm-2am, Rusty's 405 E 7th St Austin.

NO BADGE REQUIRED, RSVP HERE

The Stone Foxes (SF)
Pearl and The Beard (NYC)
The Couch (Austin)
Friend Roulette (NYC)
André Obin (Boston)
Borrisokane (Austin)
Cultfever (NYC)
Old Blood Club (NYC)
Fan Tan (NYC)

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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!

The Deli's Staff


The Stone Foxes Release New Album February 12th, Rock SXSW March 15th

Like contemporaries The Black Keys, The Steepwater Band, and The Black Angels, SF’s The Stone Foxes summon the days of hard-driven blues-rock.

Their full-length album Small Fires, set to release February 12th, is suffused with fuzzy guitar riffs, heavy, seductive vocals and dark, simple choruses. Their single “Everybody Knows” alludes to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” weaving a sinister theme into a hard-hitting, disconsolate song. Small Fires delivers as pure a dose of rock as can be found today—gritty, spacious, and to-the-point.

Check them out at Amoeba Records on the 12th or in Oakland at the New Parish Music Hall on the 13th. - Tina Aita

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