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Great New Emerging NYC Folk: Swimming Bell, Thelma, Pueblo, Hayes Peebles and Swoon Lake

Once again, 2017 was a year of experiments in modern folk music. Two NYC acts that pushed the boundaries of the genre and further defined the slightly fuzzy definition of neo-folk were Swimming Bell and Thelma. “The Golden Heart,” the former’s debut EP, carved fresh arrangements and harmonic material out of familiar instrumental textures. Thelma’s self-titled record meandered into darker lyrical and melodic territory, though with a consistent crystalline vocal perched atop often dissonant chords and rockier textures. That being said, Pueblo and Hayes Peebles, on the rootsier end of the spectrum, shone with stellar songwriting and nuanced arrangements, offering up an enlightening modern take on a more traditional sound. Pueblo released their flavorful record “Boring the Camera,” stirred memories of an electric Simon & Garfunkel. Hayes Peebles’ “Ghosts EP” offered breathtaking melodies with lush, sentient lyrics, while peppering in a twangy guitar or two. We also really enjoyed Swoon Lake's lush ballads from her sophomore self-titled EP, although the artist doesn't seem to be very active live. - Geena Kloeppel

Here's a playlist with a song each from these five artists. 





New Track: "The Void" - Anika Pyle

Anika Pyle (Katie Ellen, ex-Chumped) recently shared a new track. Steeped in honesty, “The Void” utilizes an acoustic-strumming backdrop, stepping out from the shadows of the past. Forging ahead and starting fresh, even when it's difficult to forget where one’s been, the song is eerie while remaining enthusiastic. Katie Ellen is slated on a bill at LAVA Space on Satiurday, January 27, with Long Neck, The Goodbye Party, and Who Loves You.





New Video: "Lapse" (Live - Blue Room) - Square Peg Round Hole

Electro-ambient trio Square Peg Round Hole was recently performed “Lapse” ( which was featured on their 2016 album Juniper) as part of ThrdCoast’s Blue Room series. Zoomed into the band’s working quarters, the dynamics of their tightly woven instrumental fabric are revealed. Compactly precise, percussion-forward movements develop intricate details that set the sound in cinematic motion.





A Deli NYC Premiere: Lake Ruth's new single "One Of Your Own"

Starting off the year with a Deli premiere are Lake Ruth, a group of multi-instrumentalists and genre explorers who are set to release their second album Birds of America on February 16th on British label Feral Child Recordings. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut features the track "One Of Your Own", which combines perky '60s surf-rock psychedelia with the brooding New Wave vibes of Joy Division and the electronic textures of early Simple Minds. Allison Brice's voice soars above the driving drums and entrancing guitars of bandmates Matt Schulz and Hewson Chen in a mix care of Grammy-winning producer Geoff Sanoff. Listen to the Deli premiere of "One Of Our Own" below. - Will Sisskind





Taste the punch with BONG WISH

The debut EP from Boston’s Mariam Saleh, the sole force behind BONG WISH, is lush with evocative imagery and sound of the late 60s. Saleh’s darkly hippie-chic and mystical, bubbly songs are a nostalgic reminder of a time in pop music where fantasy and the occult were trendy. When late 60s pop culture was soaked in the Manson family and LSD, popular music absorbed the culture’s weirdness. Bong Wish is a byproduct of this time, with its airy orchestral arrangements and spooky charm. Get lost in the weirdness of Bong Wish below. -Charley Ruddell  

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