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I, Alexander's "Sturdy Thoughts" is sweetly mysterious

Eyes wide open and hands in the air, I, Alexander brings back some of the best parts of numerous Justin Vernon projects in his new song and music video "Sturdy Thoughts." You can hear the Bon Iver and Volcano Choir influences right off the bat, in the sweet, tender vocals and lucid, folksy acoustic guitars. But unexpectedly and impressively, orchestral textures meander in, lifting the song into exquisitely stunning territory. A beautiful string and flute arrangement weaves through the song, helped by a gentle piano. The video itself is mystifying, with a haunting silhouette of the artist projected on top of leaves and sparks flying. I, Alexander's self-titled debut is out January 12th on Susan Records. -Geena Kloeppel





Get lost in the solemn landscape of BAERD’s newest single, “Out Of The”

BAERD is a seven piece progressive-folk outfit most known for their expansive arrangements and chilling atmosphere. On their newest single, “Out Of The”, the celestial atmosphere of the song hovers gently above the group’s traditionally Americana foundation, while utilizing breathy orchestral arrangements reminiscent of Radiohead’s In Rainbows. The result is a fresh, transcendent revitalization of new age folk music. Stream the track below. -Charley Ruddell





Seasonal Beast brings atmospheric orchestral music to Rough Trade tomorrow (12.20)

Those who happen to miss the sense of mystery the holiday season brought with it when they were more religious than they are now, have an opportunity to recover some of that feeling tomorrow (12.20) at Rough Trade, where orchestral band Seasonal Beast will perform live. Led by producer/composer Yuval Semo and singer extraordinaire Yula Beeri, the NYC collective offers uber-intense, atmospheric music that blends droney elements with classical arrangements. The visually stunning (sort of)-live video of single "This is Where" provides the perfect amount of drama and uplifting emotions to help us celebrate a holiday that can still represent an effort towards spiritual rebirth, with or without God in the picture.

 

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

 





Visual Vices: Shenandoah Davis - "The Wings"

 Like a beautiful instrument itself, Shenandoah Davis' classically trained voice is dynamic yet welcoming, making it an integral part of the orchestral pop she's been making the last few years. Now on her third full-length album, the Plume Records released Souvenirs, Davis has taken her astute way with words and turned it even more inward with the at home recordings that make the album. The songs have lyrical themes rooted in past relationships and lessons learned through personal experiences; "The Wings" is one paired with a well-crafted video.

Other tracks on Souvenirs sonically hit elements of doo-wop and the instrumetnally experimental, but "The Wings" is a chamber-meets-indie pop track with the slightest bit of a rock influence that is a good peek at the others. Her acute lyrics and jaunty vocal tones are visually accompanied by a mixture of digital compositing and stop motion animation for "The Wings" video, making it not only pleasant to the ears but to the eyes as well. 

Watch the video for "The Wings" below.





Piano duo St. Dawn in Slumber debut their dreamy EP

Nashville's Isaac (The Arcadian Wild) and Ella Horn met through a musical conversation discussed through the voices of two pianos in adjacent practice rooms, leading to marriage a few months later and beautiful music they are now sharing with the world. As st. dawn in slumber, an instrumental piano outfit, the couple is releasing their debut EP,  My Heart Awakened in a Dream, via Vohnic Music. With this effort, and future EPs already in the works, the Horns hope to "create space for rest and reflection" through "a collection of soothing, evocative piano pieces that we could use to sweet-talk sleep and to charm ourselves awake." If you're looking for music for late night meditation, look no further. - Chris Thiessen

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